Join the Pont Valley Protection Camp!
4th March 2018

Do you want to help us to protect a beautiful valley, ancient mine workings, support a local community and stop fossil fuel extraction? On Friday 2nd March the Pont Valley Protection Camp was set up almost opposite Brooms church, on the A692 near the junction with the A693. You can see our banners from the […]

This morning (17/04/18) a European Protected Great Crested Newt was found on the land where Banks Group plans to start a new opencast coal extraction in the next seven weeks. Banks Group have claimed that there are no newts on the site and that last summer a  licensed ecologist surveyed the site. Banks told the […]

An incredible victory in an unlikely place
13th April 2018

A pretty rural village, Mencherep, lies beside a lake in the Kuzbass region of Russia. It is the site of a great victory against a foe which has been consuming this area and its people for decades. The village has just been saved from a vast opencast coal mine starting on its doorstep. This is […]

Court and camp moves
31st March 2018

Living on the protection camp, against a new opencast coal extraction is thrilling. Everyday new people turn up and bring new insights, food, camp supplies and energy to the camp. There is a constant stream of media enquiries, beeps of support and work to be done. On Tuesday 27th March the camp was taken to […]

Hilltop opencast refused!
7th March 2018

The planning inspectorate has refused planning permission to Provectus who applied to mine at Hilltop, very close to homes at Old Tupton, Claycross and Holmgate! Monday’s (5th March) excellent news was welcomed by local campaigners and people across the country who are resisting fossil fuels and climate change. It has been a six year battle, […]

For Immediate Release 27.02.2018 Protesters scale trees in sub-zero temperatures in bid to stop Bradley opencast Interviews (local residents): Drummond Orr 07788660738 | Patrick Carr 07812949420 Photo requests 07980543654 Photo opportunity: A692 between Dipton and Leadgate (junction A693/A692, Brooms Road Ends) from 7am. Today 13 people staged a tree-climbing protest in sub-zero temperatures at a […]

Earlier this week (13/02/18) 25 residents from County Durham, Pont Valley Network, Derwent Valley Protection Society, and the Burnopfield Environmental Awareness Movement and Coal Action Network appealed to Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in a letter [Download letter]  urging him to use his powers under the Town and Country Planning […]

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