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Opencast invader found not guilty in court, yet Hargreaves face no discipline over permission failures

50 people shut down Field House opencast coal mine, for the day.

‘We will stop them’: Pont Valley community takes on Banks Group’s latest coal scheme

Banks Group has applied to extend the Bradley opencast

Interview with Don Kent – I want justice and to make sure Banks can’t do it again

Don is a resident local to the Bradley opencast coal mine, in the Pont Valley, and a long term campaigner against opencast coal mining in the Pennine hills. In 2018 he got involved in the Campaign to Protect Pont Valley, to try and stop Banks…

Aberthaw: Imagining healthy futures through one man’s love for the area.

Aberthaw power station is closing in March 2020. As yet there is no certainty about what happens next. While a consultation process has been announced with workers, nothing has been said publicly about the restoration of the site. Just transition rightly include the lives of…

Aberthaw’s closing: A massive victory against climate catastrophe and air pollution

RWE announced in August that its Aberthaw power station will close in March 2020. This is a vital step forward in the battle against unsustainable power and air pollution. Aberthaw power station was allowed to break EU air quality standards. Between 2008 and 2011 it…

Coal Action Network joins requests for Whitehaven mine to be called in

West Cumbria Mining have been granted planning permission for the on land section of a coking coal mine which would reach under the Irish sea. Lead by Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole and South Lakes Action on Climate Change – towards transition, a number…

Earth First! Takes on Coal Mining in the North East of England

This is a reprint of the Earth First! press release: Activists under the banner of Earth First! Take on Coal Mining in the North East of England Two Coal Mines Shut Down In the early hours of this morning, activists from the North East, around…

Pont Valley at Durham Miners Gala: A Grand Day Out

Guest Author: June Davison from Campaign to Protect Pont Valley On Saturday 13 July we paid our second visit to the Durham Miner’s Gala. Again, the weather was good to us, at least in the morning. On route to the field we boogied to crazy…

Still no decision from the Secretary of State

James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government, has failed to deliver with a decision regarding the future of two places in the North East of England affected by Banks Groups opencast coal extractions. A decision was promised to the community trying…

Russian Environmental campaigner threatened with prison

Alexandra Korolyova a director of anti-nuclear and anti-coal group Ecodefense is being threatened with prison time, relating to failing to pay fines after Russian courts deemed the organisation a “Foreign Agent”. Ecodefense, founded in 1989, is one of the oldest environmental NGOs in Russia. It…

“Coal is our Heritage, not our Future”

Last week people from three different campaigns against opencast coal joined together to hand in a 113,000+ signature petition to James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government, urging him to revoke permission for Druridge Bay and stop work at ‘Bradley’ in…

All coal mining and imports can end today. Here’s why.

At Coal Action Network, we have always campaigned on the basis that coal mining for coal-fired power should end, now. Because of the impact on the climate, on human health, on human rights, on our environment and wildlife. What we often come up against is…

Update on Secretary of State’s decisions on opencast coal mining

The Secretary of State agreed to remake a decision regarding the revocation of planning permission for extraction of coal by opencast methods at the Bradley site in the Pont Valley, Durham, by the 25th February 2019. The department agreed that its original decision making process…

Plans to extend opencast mine in Pont Valley

Banks Group announced on Monday that they wish to extend the planning application at the Bradley opencast site, in County Durham. This announcement came on the same day that James Brokenshire was due to announce whether he would revoke the planning permission for this opencast…

Dewley Hill: Banks plans to destroy it

**Updated** Banks Group is looking to extract 800,000 tonnes of coal from Dewley Hill, on the outskirts of Newcastle. On 20th February Banks announced they planned to submit an application imminently to Newcastle City Council. The main information we have so far is from a…

‘Flaw’ in decision to allow newest coal mine

Campaigners say it is an opportunity to consign opencast coal extraction ‘to the history books’ Cross posted from Ecologist Magazine. By Isobel Tarr, Coal Action Network. The decision to allow the Bradley opencast coal site in Pont Valley, County Durham, which began operating in 2018,…

Banks Coal company, accused of wildlife crime, fail to appear at court.

Banks coal company, accused of wildlife crime, fail to appear at court. A judge at Peterlee Magistrates Court on Wednesday 12th December heard the case against Banks’ Group for alleged wildlife crimes in the Pont Valley. The case will go to a full hearing on…

Guilty of taking a stand

Today Judge Harrison found eight people guilty of six accounts of obstruction of the public highway and two accounts of obstruction of a police officer. All were fined and told to pay a victim surcharge varying by income level, plus court costs of £400 each….

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