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Support local campaign group resist Bedwas coal mine

A tiny bit of background...

Mining company, ERI Ltd, is applying to mine nearly half a million tonnes of coal from two coal tips dumped in Caerphilly, South Wales by the same mining industry last time it operated in the area. The company claims it’ll use some of its profits from coal sales to remediate the two tips afterwards. But this is just to greenwash its mining application as a ‘remediation project’—a ploy with a long history in South Wales. Nobody’s buying it; companies cut and run when the profit dries up, with over 300 coal tips abandoned in South Wales to prove it. Moreover, the two coal tips that would be mined are not considered in danger of slipping, and ERI Ltd doesn’t want to touch the most worrying coal tips nearest residents in Bedwas as those aren’t profitable or are on private land.

Can you help the local resistance?

A local campaign has sprung up to fight for a better alternative than another coal mine. Friends of Sirhowy Valley Country Park needs your help to fund:

  • Independent professional services, such as from legal and environmental specialists, to support the group with gathering the evidence needed to argue and object to the proposal as it stands;
  • Purchasing and installing wildlife cameras to capture evidence of animals and creatures that live in the country park;
  • Creating and printing information leaflets, posters, etc. to ensure as many people as possible are aware of the proposal and what it means for them;
  • Hiring facilities to hold events to give updates and share information with the community;
  • Any other activities deemed necessary by the sub-committee to support the case against the proposal.
  • Any surplus funds will be used to support the continuation of the group for the purpose of improving the country park.

Published: 18. 04. 2024

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