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, […]

Join the Pont Valley Protection Camp!
4th March 2018

UPDATE: The camp has moved, the new location is Pontop Hall, Dipton, County Durham, DH9 9ED. 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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

This lunch time Santa and his helpers visited the offices of Banks Group in Meadowfield, Durham. Santa left ‘coal’ for Chairmen Harry Banks, as his company are considering mining 520,000 tonnes of coal from Bradley, near Dipton, County Durham [1]. Lisa Wilson, one of Santa’s helpers said “Opencast coal mines destroy local ecosystems and contribute […]

Canaries Shut the Mine – Bristol Benefit Gig
11th September 2017

Bristol Rising Tide Presents: Canaries Shut the Mine Friday 22nd September 7pm £5 Featuring: Solana – Polyrhythmic folk world music. The Globo Collective – psychedelic good vibes fusion. Otherstory Puppetry – Roots of Resistance live animation show celebrating 20 years of environmental direct action with Earth First! Cocktails, local cider from Barley Wood Orchard, snacks […]

Druridge Bay inquiry closes
23rd June 2017

Wednesday 21st June saw the end of a three week public inquiry into the fate of Druridge Bay. Save Druridge, the local opposition group and Friends of the Earth showed why this area’s value is far greater than 3 million tonnes of coal. Local people spoke from their heart of the tranquility of the beaches, […]

— Interim snap shot of the days the Coal Action Network has seen of the public inquiry into Banks Mining’s application to opencast mine at Druridge Bay. — The public inquiry which will decide the future of Druridge Bay in Northumberland is reaching the end of its second week. Bank’s mining has presented its witnesses […]

Next Wednesday (31st May) is the first day of a public inquiry which will decide whether 3 million tonnes of coal will be mined from near Druridge Bay in Northumberland. On the day that the inquiry begins there will be a rallies organised by Save Druridge and Friends of the Earth. The inquiry is being […]