This is a shared statement from the protectors of the Pont Valley detailing our experiences of the eviction and the dangerous and abusive behaviour we experienced and witnessed from the enforcement officers, police, and Banks Group employees. The April 19th-20th eviction of Pont Valley Protection Camp was enforced by Banks Group so they can build […]

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 […]

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 […]

Join the Pont Valley Protection Camp!
4th March 2018

UPDATE: The camp has moved again, details to follow. Do you want to help us to protect a beautiful valley, heritage 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 […]

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 […]

Two new opencast coal mines in northern England could begin work this spring, unless the government decides to intervene, despite recent affirmations that the UK will end coal use for electricity by 2025. This year, following the UK governments joint launch of the ‘Powering Past Coal Alliance’, the mining company Banks Group announced their intention […]

LOCATION: The event will be taking place in the Dipton Scout and Guide Group on 12 Front Street Dipton, and nearby public land. Nearest bus stop, Red Lion, Dipton. Shut Your Coal Hole warmly invites you to join us in beautiful rural County Durham for a few days of skill sharing and workshops about outdoor […]

Bradley opencast – the story so far
31st January 2018

Banks Group intend to opencast coal mine at Bradley this spring Banks Group plan to start a new 550,000 tonnes coal mine at Bradley in the Pont Valley, County Durham. The site is home to red kites, badgers, bats, great crested newts, common blue butterfly, barn owls as well as less obvious but equally vital […]