A community campaign group lead by residents of Throckley, Newcastle, against Banks Group's plan to extract 800,000 tonnes of coal and 40,000 tonnes of fireclay from agricultural and wooded land. They have raised concerns about the impact on local wildlife, access to countryside, local watercourses and the climate emergency.
Since summer 2019, Defend Dewley Hill have amassed thousands of letters of objection to the opencast, lead walks on the land to connect people with nature, and built networks across Newcastle to fight the opencast together.
The Dewley Hill application is expected to be heard and decided by Newcastle City Council in September 2020 but no date has been set. The deadline for objections has closed but there may be more actions to come.
There are two main campaigns to stop Woodhouse Colliery
South Lakes Action on Climate Change (Towards Transition) undertake a range of climate-related activities in the South Lakes Area. They bring planning expertise to the campaign to stop Whitehaven, and have useful resources on their website:
Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole is run by Radiation-free Lakeland, focussing on the site's proximity to Sellafield nuclear plant and on local environmental impacts.
While the application was approved in 2019, in 2020 it returned to the drawing board as a result of legal and planning challenges brought by Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole and solicitors firm Leigh Day. The plans could be decided on afresh as soon as October 2020. The deadline for objections has passed but there may be more actions coming up.
Save Druridge continue to defend the idyllic Northumbrian coastline and tourist destination 'Druridge Bay' from becoming a 3 million tonne opencast coal mine, known as 'Highthorn' proposed by Banks Group.
The decision to mine Highthorn was 'called in' by central government in 2016, and overturned by the then Secretary of State Sajid Javid on the grounds of climate change and loss of landscape. The company appealed, and as a result the decision is back with central government again. The community are still awaiting the outcome of the government's new decision.
The campaign has sparked a debate in central government about how to account for carbon emissions of burning coal when considering new coal mines.
Lead by residents near to Dipton and Leadgate, County Durham, Campaign to Protect Pont Valley was formed in response to Banks Group's 2018 acquisition of mining rights won by the liquidated UK Coal. The community had fought over 30 years to stop UK Coal, and in 2019 teamed up with national and international activists to bring a vibrant and inspiring campaign which mixed direct action with political lobbying and legal challenges.
While the 500,000 tonne Bradley coal extraction site went ahead as planned in 2018, the campaign went on to prevent the extension of the mine, 'West Bradley' in June 2020. The company is not appealling the decision, so the campaign has successfully stopped the spread of opencast coal from Bradley in the Pont Valley.
The local campaign is still active in making sure the company meets it's obligations under the 12 month 'restoration' phase, to ensure the best possible reparation for the damage done to the valley.
The Bradley campaign raised the profile of campaigns against opencast coal mining in the UK, and supported and inspired the still active campaign in Newcastle, Defend Dewley Hill.
UVAG represents the interests of the many ex-coalmining communities in the upper South Wales valleys and has successfully fought several major and protracted campaigns, notably the rejection of the huge mass-burn incinerator proposed by the American company, Covanta, and the massive Nant Llesg opencast coalmine and its subsequent planning appeal.
UVAG continues to fight for environmental and social justice at home, and lending its campaigning expertise and support to other communities in the UK.
London Mining Network (LMN) is an alliance of human rights, development, environmental and solidarity groups of which Coal Action Network is a member. The network focuses on international mining companies listed on the London Stock Exchange, by monitoring human rights and environmental abuses, enabling communities on the front lines of mining in the global south to hold these companies accountable.
Coal Action Network works with LMN, frontline communities in La Guajira and international allies against the expansion of the Cerrejón coal mine in La Guajira, Colombia.
A Europe-wide network opposing imports of coal to Europe through direct action and education, with a focus on neocolonialism in European coal consumption
Europe Beyond Coal campaigns to ensure coal is phased out throughout Europe by 2030 at the latest. The campaign involves civil society groups working across 28 European nations, including the Western Balkans and Turkey. This is focused on power stations, but also looks at mines.