Friends of the Earth are organising a rally tomorrow in Whitehaven (details below) to mark the beginning of the Inquiry. We hope FoE and other mainstream NGOs will at the 11th hour include the issues that first alerted nuclear safety campaigners Radiation Free Lakeland to the dangers from this coal mine and led to the creation of our campaign to Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole. Please if you are speaking at the Inquiry give a mention to : Proximity to Sellafield; Induced Seismicity; Subsidence of the Irish Sea Bed; Resuspension of 7 decades worth of radioactive wastes on the Cumbrian Mud Patch. All these issues must not continue to be swerved – take a stand. The Climate/Steel/Jobs arguments are really very important but all would be utterly meaningless should this coal mine do what it says on the tin and induce seismicity near Sellafield
Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole 6th Sept 2021 read more »
On the eve of a public inquiry into a controversial new coal mine planned in Cumbria, an MP who was among other local Conservative MPs supporting the project is now calling on the government to drop it. Dr Neil Hudson, the MP for Penrith and the Border, whose constituency lies across the Lake District – a few miles east of the proposed site – has made a submission to the inquiry warning “the world is changing” and in the light of the recent extreme weather events and the IPCC’s climate report, suggests the government instead invests in expanding Cumbria’s renewable energy sector.
Independent 6th Sept 2021 read more »
There is dwindling support for proposals to build the UK’s first deep coalmine in 30 years in Cumbria, say campaigners, as a public inquiry into the mining plans gets under way. The plans attracted opposition earlier this year and were cited as an example of a lack of joined-up thinking from a UK government that was simultaneously making big promises on the environment. They were seen as particularly problematic in the run-up to the crucial Cop26 climate change summit due to be hosted in Glasgow this November. Chris Stark, the chief executive of the Climate Change Committee, pointed out that the mine would “increase global emissions and make it harder to achieve the UK carbon budgets”.
Guardian 7th Sept 2021 read more »
Telegraph 7th Sept 2021 read more »