West Cumbria coal mine proposal

Coal Action Network is one of several organisations campaigning to stop the coking coal mine proposed by West Cumbria Mining Ltd from starting. Allowing this new coal mine now would release C02, methane and sulphur emissions; cost the UK in terms of its environment, climate leadership, and decarbonisation; and release contamination. Resources must instead be invested in generating green jobs within West Cumbria, proving that it is not a choice of jobs in climate-trashing industries or unemployment—as that’s not a choice to most people.

If you would like to be involved in the grass roots campaign email us at and we can tell you how to join the Whatsapp Group or join the email list.


Email your election candidate

Coal Action Network asked Who will stop coal? last weekend in Whitehaven, West Cumbria. At the site of the proposed coal mine, members of the local community and supporters gathered to ensure that the question of the mine is being put to election candidates. Now we need you to crank up the pressure and make sure all election candidates across the UK faces this question as they could decide the fate of the coal mine if elected…

Hearing date set for proposed West Cumbria Coal mine

The legal challenges against the government’s approval of a new coal mine off the coast of Cumbria will be heard in London on the 16th to 18th July.

Protesters walk with banner reading 'Insure Our Futures Not Polluters'

Success: Yet another major insurer rules out coal and oil projects

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).

EMR Capital’s other coking coal mine – Kestrel, Queensland

EMR Capital, the company that owns 81% of the proposed West Cumbria Coal mine is currently operating another coking coal mine – Kestrel.

Proposed Whitehaven coal mine campaign timeline

How did we get here? Ten years of events that have led to where we currently stand with the proposed Whitehaven coal mine

Ditch the dirty dollars – invest in our future!

People hailing from Cumbria to London, and everywhere in between, descended on the Mines and Money Conference in London across two days (28th-29th Nov 2023). We demanded that investors stop pouring cash into the mining sector, and  instead invest in our collective future. Together with Fossil Free London and other groups, we greeted investors with…

Q&A proposed West Cumbria coal mine questions

This page gives suggestions of answers to some of the more detailed questions campaigners get asked about West Cumbria Mining Ltd’s plans for Whitehaven.

5 Insurers Rule Out The West Cumbria Mine

The insurers that have ruled out underwriting the mine are AEGIS Managing Agency, Argenta Syndicate Management, Hannover Re and Talanx. These are the first financial institutions to rule out any involvement with the project, and the win represents a new phase in the campaign to stop the project from going ahead.

“No time for a coal mine” banners appear on all major roads into Cumbria

25 large banners opposing the proposed new coal mine near Whitehaven with the words ‘NO TIME for a COAL MINE’ were dropped on all the roads entering Cumbria on the 25th August.

Hearing delayed – challenges against Whitehaven coal mine approval

The legal challenges against the Government’s approval of a new coking coal mine in Cumbria has been delayed from October, likely into the new year. A Supreme Court judgement on a related case causes the delay, as the decision is awaited.

Upcoming events against proposed Whitehaven coal mine

Regular events are planned for outside the proposed site at Whitehaven. Come and show your support for leaving the coal in the ground.

Whitehaven legal challenge update

A High Court judge has given the go ahead for 2 legal challenges over the government’s decision to grant planning permission for a controversial new underground coking coal mine in West Cumbria to proceed to a 3 day hearing in October 2023. 

Actions against proposed Whitehaven coal mine since Govt approval

Groups have taken action since the government approved a new coal mine proposed for Whitehaven, Cumbria—including: Chris Packham joined Friends of the Earth, Extinction Rebellion and others…

Legal challenges against Whitehaven coal mine approval

Two legal challenges have been launched against the government’s approval of a new coking coal mine in Cumbria. Find out the details.

Santa delivers Christmas coal to Gove for Whitehaven approval

On Wednesday (21/12/2022) a gang of Santas delivered sacks of ‘naughty list coal’ to Michael Gove at his Department of Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities office in Whitehall on behalf of Coal Action Network and Lush cosmetics. Holding signs reading “Christmas coal for climate criminal…

Flawed grounds of Michael Gove’s shock approval of the Whitehaven coal mine

The UK Government has produced a 15 page letter plus appendices which outlines the reasons for granting permission to the Whitehaven coal mine application (Ref: 4/17/9007). This is mostly in the form of highlighting points on which Michael Gove agrees with…

Twitter-Storm against Cumbria coking coal mine

Following the shocking decision that the UK government are allowing a new underground coking coal mine under the sea by Whitehaven Cumbria, we invite you to show your disdain and join our protest. The action is a twitter ‘storm’ now that a decision has been made.

Whitehaven coking coal mine approved

At the end of 2021, Boris Johnson said, “I’m not in favour of more coal” in response to questions about the proposed Whitehaven coking coal mine during the Glasgow COP26 climate summit. Yet today a massive new underground coking coal mine…


Share now: