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

Proposed Bedwas coal tips mine: key facts and impacts

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 mining industry last time it operated in the area. It's vital we stop this shameless attempt to exploit the mess left behind by the mining industry to justify yet more mining. If the coal tip mining were to go ahead, it would:

  • Carry around 468,000 tonnes of coal off the site for sale
  • Inflict on local communities around 36 HGVs/day driving to and from the tips
  • Drive further climate chaos by over 1.3 MILLION tonnes of CO2
  • Devastate again the local ecology that’s slowly recovering around the tips
  • Endanger the beautiful Sirhowy Valley Country Park bordering one of the tips
  • Spread dust and noise pollution
  • Open the floodgates to mining the other 300 coal tips in communities across South Wales that deserve a safe environment without enduring another wave of mining to get it, and fuelling our climate chaos by many millions of tonnes of CO2.
  • Build a new section of haul road 575m long and 6m wide cut into the rock, and widen the existing forest track - possibly at the loss of trees bordering the road.
  • Be operational initially for around 7 years (but this is often extended later)
  • Work on site would start at 6am and continuing into the night until 10pm (16 hours/day, 15 hours every Saturday, and only Sunday without works) for 6-9 months (but this is may be extended, as is common for projects like this)
Published: 17. 04. 2024

Ffos-y-fran opencast coal mine quietly becomes a massive reservoir

Local residents kept in the dark

Council passive as company sabotages agreed restoration plan

Key to the current restoration plan (agreed in 2007) was the return of the huge overburden mounds into the void that were created when the void was excavated to reach the coal. Every day the void fills with water, though, makes returning these overburden mounds to the void more expensive and logistically difficult, as that water would need to be drained first. This is likely to be the intention—Merthyr (South Wales) Ltd is refusing to fulfil its legal obligation to fund the restoration plan, so it’s looking to cut corners. Avoiding shifting millions of tonnes of overburden back into the void is a large corner to cut. Removing the pumps, that have been draining water from the void for the past 15 years, and taking months to apply to the Council for a budget restoration deal means that Councillors would have little choice but to rubber-stamp approval. The Council have admitted this would affect the "viability" of the restoration plan.

Council makes no move to inform inhabitants of accumulating reservoir nearby, with no safety checks yet made

Coal Action Network’s drone footage on Monday 11th March raised the alarm bell about the rising water levels. With this footage, a local resident informed Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council of the rising water levels, only to be told that the Council was already aware of it, and that Merthyr (South Wales) Ltd had removed the pumps with no intention of reinstating them. Yet the Council made not move to inform any residents living close to the mine of the massive build up of water above their heads. The Council’s oversight of 16 months of illegal coal mining and now this intentional derailment of the current restoration plan is a further dereliction of its responsibility to the safety and wellbeing of town inhabitants. The Council has failed to hold Merthyr (South Wales) Ltd to account for its many transgressions over the past 18 months of illegal coal mining, with baffling impotence. Merthyr (South Wales) Ltd’s most recent action to remove pumps from the void is directly breaking the enforcement notice served to it by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, but we won’t hold our breath waiting for the Council to do anything about that…

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Published: 27. 03. 2024

Global Week of Action: Putting Insurance Industry in the Hot Seat

The insurance industry found itself in the spotlight last week as a Global Week of Action blossomed across the world. From February 27th to March 3rd 2024, a wave of protests, both online and in the streets, swept through the doors of insurance giants, demanding accountability over their support for polluters and decisive action on climate change.

Unprecedented Mobilisation

Never before have these companies faced such pressure to clean their act up and insure our future, not fossil fuels. The Week of Action saw hundreds of thousands of people participating in online campaigns, while thousands more engaged in creative protests across 31 countries, spanning 5 continents. In total, over 100 events occurred worldwide, making it the largest ever coordinated campaign aimed at persuading the insurance industry to do the right thing.

Raising Awareness, Igniting Change

The resounding message echoed by this global movement was clear: insurers can no longer hide their dirty deals with fossil fuel companies. As awareness grows around the crucial role insurers must play in solving the climate crisis, boardrooms and corner offices are abuzz with serious discussions about continued insurance coverage for polluting projects.

Coal Action Network combined forces with Extinction Rebellion, Stop EACOP and Tipping Point to hold the City of London to account. Here are the top picks from the Global Week of Action:

Sit-Ins at 5 Insurance Companies’ Offices

The week of action was opened on 27th February with sit-ins at 5 offices: Tokio Marine, Probitas, Talbot, Travellers and Zurich. Activists held banners reading “Don’t Insure EACOP” and “Don’t Insure West Cumbria Coal”.

Lloyd’s of London Human Chain

Protesters joined arms around the whole of the iconic Lloyd’s of London building. The human chain lasted many hours, supported by beats from the samba band and performance from the ‘Discobedience’ dance group. There were speeches by Cumbrian activists and our own Will Attenborough from Coal Action Network.

Pub Charm-Offensive

Groups of friendly creatives, including Clowns and Crude Oil Mechanicals, visited the favourite watering holes of City workers at the Leadenhall Market, engaging insurance workers in discussion about the dangers of insuring new oil, coal and gas. Accompanied by the samba band, they gave out ‘Insure Our Future’ branded coasters.

Palestine Solidarity = Climate Justice

A coalition of 12 climate justice groups came together in a moment of solidarity with the people of Palestine. A border wall was erected in front of the AXA building in London, to highlight the company’s continued investment in Israeli banks that fund an apartheid system and occupation of the West Bank. The coalition also demanded that AXA, as the 6th biggest fossil fuel insurer in the world, stops insuring all new oil, gas and coal expansion.

Actions across the country

🔥 From Glasgow to Manchester, Birmingham to Brighton – local groups across the UK took to the streets to hold big insurers to account; including Zurich, Hiscox, Tokio Marine, AIG, Chubb, M S Amlin, QBE and AXA.

🌪️ Braving wild weather with courage and creativity actions included blockades, rallies, marches, occupations, letters, outreach and street theatre!

In Manchester, northern activists from a variety of climate action groups came together for a rally.

In Bristol rebels and Just Stop Oil activists held the roof of Tokio Marine overnight for 30hrs!

Activists from North East & Cumbria met at the AXA Insurance office in Middlesbrough with a coffin and banners for a die in with shrouds. Offices of AIG in Glasgow were occupied while a 100 others marched with Oil Slick performers, a bagpiper, and a huge "carbon bomb" to the Hiscox office nearby.

A Wake-Up Call for the Industry

The Insurance Global Week of Action served as a wake-up call for an industry that has long operated in the shadows. Today, more people than ever before are acutely aware of the pivotal role insurers must play in transitioning towards a safe and healthy future. The global outcry has made it impossible for insurance companies to turn a blind eye to the mounting damage to our communities and our planet, caused by their enabling of polluters and new fossil fuels.

As the dust settles from this unprecedented mobilization, one thing is certain: the insurance industry can no longer afford to ignore the demands of a global movement that is determined to persuade them to do the right thing: insure our future, not fossil fuels.

Our demands are:

  1. Stop insuring fossil fuels

Immediately cease insuring new and expanded coal, oil, and gas projects and the companies developing them.

  1. Respect human rights

Immediately adopt robust policies to ensure that clients fully respect all human rights, including Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) of impacted communities.

  1. Support a just transition

Play an active role in the just transition by increasing support to clean energy projects by, and for, communities most impacted by climate change and facing energy access crisis.

Success: Yet another major insurer rules out the proposed West Cumbria coal mine and the East African Crude Oil Pipeline

A massive win from the Global Week of Action, 26th February - 3rd March 2024.

After a week of peaceful protest around the world, alongside hundreds of groups, our efforts have paid off. Yet another leading insurance company, Probitas, has ruled out insuring the proposed West Cumbria coal mine and the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP).

Probitas is the 29th insurance company to rule out EACOP and the sixth to rule out West Cumbria coal mine. 

Insurance is the polluters’ Achilles Heel - without it, polluters cannot operate coal, oil or gas projects. So if the insurance industry refuses contracts with new and expanding projects, that ends fossil fuel expansion for good.

The decision by Probitas is a strong sign that the insurance industry is starting to recognise the severe risks of dirty fuel projects - to their reputations, their bottom lines and to ordinary communities who want a safe, healthy word. 

The more insurance companies pull away from these controversial projects, the harder it will be for them to raise the money they need to go forwards. 

Another breakthrough came earlier in the week of action, when Zurich agreed to enter talks with campaign groups, including Extinction Rebellion, about Insure Our Future’s demands - including an end to insuring new fossil fuel expansion.

Take action on insurance for a safer future

These victories can be attributed to the great diversity of approaches used throughout Insure Our Future’s Global Week of Action. Through many forms of non-violent protest and campaigning, groups encouraged insurance workers to reflect on how the industry’s support for new fossil fuels is making the world more chaotic, and the unique power of insurers to instead bring more safety and fairness to communities facing extreme weather and a lack of clean energy.

From protest marches to direct action, from petitions to mass phone calls and emails from volunteers, Coal Action Network and our many partner groups used all the tactics in the protest toolkit to urge insurance companies to step up.

In London, the week kicked off with a spectacular dance performance by Mothers Rise Up, directed by one of the world’s leading opera choreographers Denni Sayers, set against classical music and conveying an important message for insurers to protect children and future generations. 

This was followed by office occupations and a peaceful protest that encircled the headquarters of insurance marketplace, Lloyd’s of London’s. Later, groups took similar action against insurers up and down the country in major cities, while many thousands took part in online mass emails, phoning and commenting on crucial platforms like LinkedIn.

The ongoing Insure Our Future campaign has the potential to prevent new coal, oil and gas projects from ever destroying our climate, communities and nature. 

By working together, we can urge insurers to play their part in creating a safer, more secure world for future generations and countries on the frontline of the climate emergency. 

We can achieve this if we convince enough insurance companies to reject contracts with the companies behind these two key ‘carbon bombs’ - the toxic French energy giant Total and West Cumbria Mining Limited.

The Global Week of Action is not over yet. Coal Action Network is keeping up the momentum by running another round of mass emails this week. To get involved, keep an eye on Coal Action Network’s social media pages.

Bedwas coal tip: a new frontier for coal in South Wales?

Key project details

Background and key figures

'Energy Recovery Investments Ltd' is proprosing to extract coal from large coal tips created by the Bedwas Colliery (1913 - 1985) in Bedwas, Caerphilly, South Wales over an operational period of 7 years (but this is often extended later). The company claims that it would use some of the sales of the coal to restore those coal tips afterwards. Based on historical estimates, the total volume of the Tips is approximately 5,000,000m³ which equates to around 8,500,000 tonnes of colliery spoil. The company claims that it expects to haul 468,000 tonnes of coal off the site via 20-tonne heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), driving further climate chaos by over 1.3 MILLION tonnes of CO2.

Tip dangers

The Tips are classified as Category D which is defined as “A tip with the potential to impact public safety, to be inspected at least twice a year.”. The main risks associated with Bedwas are understood to be risk of tip fire and contamination of local watercourses (including Rhymney River), with land stability being of a lesser concern.

Potential coal destinations

'Energy Recovery Investments Ltd' has not disclosed what proportions of coal will be sold to which market but does indicate "ERI’s proposal is to sell on these stockpiles of coal to heavy industry, the cement manufacturing industry and potentially energy production industry...", and elsewhere cite the steel sector and brickworks as potential customers.

Roads, HGVs, and 16-hour days

The company would need to build a new section of haul road 575m long and 6m wide cut into the rock, and widen the existing forest track - possibly at the loss of trees bordering the road.  It would involve works on setting up the site starting at 6am and continuing into the night until 10pm (16 hours/day, 15 hours every Saturday, and only Sunday without works) for 6-9 months (but this is likely to be extended, as is common for projects like this). Outside of these hours, maintanence works could still occur, according to the company. The company estimates an average of 90 hauls by HGVs per week to occur over the seven years operational period. This is equivalent approximately to 18-20 hauls HGVs going to and from the site every day.

On a mobile? Check out our YouTube short of the Bedwas Tips for mobile.

Corporate spin

The coal tips lie above a coal seam, which the company claims it would coincidentally have to dig into to create 'lagoons' for processing the coal from the coal tips. That's right, Energy Recovery Investments Ltd claims it needs to mine the coal in the seam, creating a further coal tip, in order to mine the coal in the coal tips already created. The company is trying to rebrand the coal mined from the tips and from digging the lagoons, as 'reclaimed' and 'incidental' coal respectively, in an attempt to get around Welsh Government policies against further coal extraction.

Energy Recovery Investments Ltd creates a new name for the coal it proposes to mine: "Reduced Carbon Coal" - a name based on the claim it could displace coal imported with the associated travel miles. This is an old argument that has been debunked many times. See our video with Economics expert, Prof. Paul Ekins or our myth-buster.

The company is so keen to distance this project from a coal mine, it has gone into greenwash overdrive - refusing to even call a coal washery by its normal name, and instead rebranding it as a "beneficiation/processing plant.

With absolutely no evidence or calculations, Energy Recovery Investments Ltd makes the outlandish claim in its planning statement that any, eventual and additional, 'carbon sink' like properties of the site after operations have finally ceased may offset the processing and extraction of the coal, transport by deisel HGVs, and end use.

Energy Recovery Investments Ltd presents the mining of coal as "a beneficial by-product of the tip reclamation process". It's the very objective of this company to generate a profit for itself from the mining of the coal tips - it is very far from being a by-product.

Energy Recovery Investments Ltd claims that a proportion of its coal will be used at steelworks, necessary for green infrastructure - a common argument which is even less true today than it was previously, as both virgin steelworks in the UK converts to using processes for producing steel from scrap that doesn't rely on coal inputs, ending the UK steel market for coal.

The company behind the proposal unmasked

Energy Recovery Investments Ltd is a small company with assets valued at £114,000 in its 2022 annual financial accounts on Companies House – but only £9,000 cash assets. This is concerning as there would be limited scope to recover damages if mistakes are made or the company refuses to remediate the coal tips after extracting profitable coal from them.

The company was registered in 2008 and “the principle activity of the company is the recovery of coal from redundant coal tip sites”. But since 2012, the company has idled with zero staff until employing just 2 staff a decade later in 2022. Energy Recovery Investments Ltd has only operated one other site, in 2008, Six Bells and Vivien Tips near Abertillery, South Wales - which it extracted 260,000 tonnes of coal from over 2.5 years, by subsequently getting permission to opencast coal mine one end of the site.

Despite all its efforts to distance itself from coal mining, Energybuild Ltd (the coal mining company at Aberpergwm) has previously been a major shareholder in Energy Recovery Investments Ltd.

PPM Holdings Limited – holding company of ERI Ltd

ERI Ltd is the wholly owned subsidiary of PPM Holdings Limited, a company incorporated in just 2022 with no published company accounts and currently registered as a ‘non-trading company’. The current Director of PPM Holdings Limited, Sian Thomas, was previously Director of Green Steel Works Ltd, which deals with ‘Remediation activities and other waste management services’ and is the official office address for Energy Recovery Investments Ltd. This kind of complicated and confusing corporate structure is typical of mining companies, and has been used in the past to evade corporate accountability. The other Director of PPM Holdings Limited is Mark Harvey, is a Director of 6 companies dealing with mineral waste disposal and storage, and real estate.

Learning from Ffos-y-fran

This proposal has strong similarities with the sprawling Ffos-y-fran opencast coal mine. The sale of the coal from this mine was to pay for the restoration of a neglected hill in Merthyr Tydfil to the extent the coal mine was even branded as the "Ffos Y Fran Land Reclamation Scheme". Yet, the profits from 16 years of coal mining has been put of reach, and the local Council faces up to £120 million shortfall to pay for the much greater restoration works now needed. We don't want Bedwas to become the next Ffos-y-fran disaster.

A dangerous precedent

With over 300 at-risk coal tips registered across South Wales, and financial shortcomings to pay for their remediation, the concern is that the Bedwas coal tip is a testing ground for remediating the remaining coal tips. This would be disasterous for our climate and represent total contempt for the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. The company has presented a planning statement littered with the tired justifications of mining companies. Stay tuned as we ask for your help in this campaign.

Published 26. 02. 2024 Updated 18.03.2024

Charges dropped for activists blocking Ffos-y-fran coal mine

XR press release:

The Crown Prosecution Service has dropped all charges against the four Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists who blockaded the entrance to the UK’s largest open-cast coal mine, last summer with a pink boat.

While removing the immediate burden of legal confrontation for the defendants, the decision has left a “crater of unfinished business” in the fight for climate justice and accountability for local residents..

“The action was always designed to have a much deeper impact beyond the immediate disruption with a pink boat,” explained Liz Pendleton, one of the four defendants who occupied the site for over 24 hours in July 2023. “It was designed to expose the alleged illegal activities and environmental negligence of the mining operation, in particular, its continued operation beyond permitted planning conditions and contradictory and misleading financial statements which may well constitute fraud.”

The Ffos-Y-Fran mine in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales had been operating without a licence for almost ten months when XR activists took direct action.

“By denying us our day in court the CPS has denied us the opportunity to shine a light on this potentially illegal and criminal operation,” said Liz.

The legal proceedings revealed a shocking lack of cooperation from the mine, including failure to provide basic operational logs, communications between the mine and governmental bodies, and internal documents relating to the financial and environmental management of the mine's operations. This critical information would have shed light on the legal position of the operation and whether funds had been set aside for environmental restoration - which was a condition for the getting the go ahead in the face of overwhelming local opposition. The defendants were also confident this would have led to their acquittal.

The dropping of the case also casts doubt on the legitimacy of the arrests, as in the case of aggravated trespass the police can clearly be seen acting in the interests of corporate bodies who then fail to prove that they themselves were carrying out lawful activities.

The discontinuation of charges is a testament to the strength of the activists case and the shaky foundation upon which the mine's operations stood, explained Raj Chada from Hodge Jones & Allen, representing the defendants:

“In seeking disclosure from the CPS, we highlighted the need for transparency on several critical points. Our requests were aimed at uncovering potential evidence of the mine operating beyond legal scrutiny, which raises concerns about the legality of its operations. The CPS's inability to meet these disclosure obligations casts a shadow over the proceedings and suggests that the depth of the mine's legal and environmental mismanagement may be greater than previously understood.”

For over a decade and a half, the Ffos-Y-Fran mine has been a symbol of the environmental and social challenges that face communities at the ‘coal face’ of climate degradation. The abrupt end to this case marks not a clear-cut victory but a complex milestone in the ongoing struggle. While it spares the defendants the strain of a continuing court battle - already exceeding seven months in duration - it denies the platform to publicly expose the depth of negligence and alleged fraud by the mine's operators, Merthyr (South Wales) Ltd., including their failure to fulfil obligations towards land reparations and the creation of green jobs.

Speaking upon hearing the news, local resident and defendant Marcus Bailie commented: “Our fight was not just against the physical act of coal extraction but against disregard for the land's future and the community's well-being. The piles of coal and the colossal scar on the landscape left behind serve as stark reminders of the environmental impact that has yet to be addressed. The real victory would have been to hold those responsible to account in a public forum, forcing a reckoning with the consequences of their actions.” Marcus went on to say, “We’re not the criminals here!”

Chris and Alyson Austin, residents of Merthyr Tydfil who have been campaigning for years for the mine to be closed said: “We feel angry and betrayed about the waste-land they have left behind.”

The bittersweet outcome underscores the resilience and dedication of activists and the broader environmental movement. It also highlights the complexities of seeking justice in a system where procedural technicalities can overshadow substantive issues. The fight for the Ffos-Y-Fran mine was never just about legal vindication; it was about bringing to light the injustices inflicted upon nature and communities - and campaigners promise, it won’t end here.

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Published: 26. 02. 2024

Coal clings on in Aberpergwm appeal

Citing different grounds to the High Court, the Court of Appeal has nevertheless found against our appeal. The Court of Appeal judges disagreed with the judge in the High Court, and decided that current statute limits Welsh Ministers to only deciding whether a new conditional licence may be issued—rather than deciding at the stage that a conditional licence is turned into a full licence, which is what allows coal mining to begin. This judgement is disappointing, and runs contrary to the careful analysis of the High Court judge and the position expressed by the Coal Authority and the UK Government. We think there are grounds for a potential challenge to the judgement and we are receiving advice from our legal team on our next actions.

Published 26. 02. 2024

Aberpergwm coal mine extension debated in court

Today, 6th February 2024, Coal Action Network was back in court, this time appealing last year’s decision by the court that the Welsh Government couldn’t prevent an extension at Aberpergwm coal mine. Our legal team believes the Welsh Government can, and we believe it should, stop the Aberpergwm extension—keeping 42 million tonnes of coal underground. At stake in this case is an additional 1.17 million tonnes of methane and up to 120 million tonnes of CO2 would be released.

Barristers Estelle Dehon KC and Asitha Ranatunga (Cornerstone Barristers), supported by Matthew McFeeley (Richard Buxton Solicitors), argued that there is a difference between the authorisation for a coal mine and the licensing for one, particularly in the conditional form.

While the specific legal argument is complicated, the case is really a question of whether the Wales Act (2017) means the Welsh Government, rather than the UK Government’s Coal Authority, gets the final say on whether the Aberpergwm coal mine extension can go ahead.

A much debated section reads:

Aberpergwm deep coal mine supplies 70% of its coal to Port Talbot steelworks, which is expected to significantly reduce its coal demand as it decarbonises.

Welsh Government policy, while not without loopholes, does make a stand against the extraction of coal. Should the 3 appeal judges decide that Coal Action Network’s legal team is correct, the Welsh Government will need to decide whether to allow the extension to happen. A ruling is expected in the next 6—12 weeks.

Published 06. 02. 2024

✌🏿Victory!✌🏼 Leading Global Insurers Rule Out East African Crude Oil Pipeline

Five More Insurance Companies Rule Out EACOP

We’re thrilled to announce that after months of campaigning, five more major insurance companies have announced they will not support the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP)!

This is a huge win for communities all over the world fighting fossil fuel pollution.

With your support, we’ve kept the pressure up on companies at the controversial insurance marketplace, Lloyd’s of London. As a result, 5 of those companies – SiriusPoint, Riverstone International, Enstar Group, Blenheim and SA Meacock – all confirmed to us last week that they would have nothing to do with EACOP.

That brings the total to 28 global insurers now distancing themselves from the pipeline.

Global Week of Action

But we’re not stopping there. We’re going to ramp up pressure on the big insurers who are still choosing short-term profits over a safe future for our loved ones.

With your help, we can persuade major corporations AIG, Tokio Marine and Hiscox, to rule out involvement in EACOP.

From 26th Feb to 3rd March, we will be taking part in a Global Week of Action – with citizens from Africa to Latin America getting out on the streets and telling insurance companies to protect our future, not fossil fuels.

Sign up here to find exciting events near you.

The Global Week of Action is a perfect opportunity for us to win more victories in the fight against EACOP. Young people in Uganda and Tanzania have been bravely taking the lead, protecting their communities from exploitation and rising temperatures. Alongside Insure our Future and StopEACOP, Coal Action Network is standing in solidarity with them, holding insurance companies to account for their involvement in a dirty project that would endanger local people, and harm vital ecosystems.

Thanks to our movement, EACOP has not yet been built

EACOP is majority-owned (62%) by French oil giant Total, with the rest of the project owned by the state oil companies of China, Uganda and Tanzania.

But, the pipeline has struggled to get insurance and the $3bn loan it needs, causing construction to be delayed by over 4 years. Uganda’s Energy Minister has even said that, due to campaigners’ efforts, securing insurance has been the biggest challenge to the pipeline’s construction. And we’ve convinced 27 major banks to recoil from the project.

But we’re not stopping yet. Total and the Ugandan government are hoping China will step in and lend them the billions they need. Their deadline is April. If we can convince enough insurers to step away from EACOP by then, we will show the Chinese banks that the pipeline is just too risky to touch.

That’s why we will make our voices heard loud and clear on EACOP during the Global Week of Action.