Warning of damage to UK leadership on climate change from new colliery.
FT 7th Sept 2021 read more »
Ruth Balogh, of West Cumbria Friends of the Earth, said: “Cumbria deserves far better than a new coal mine that will damage our local environment and further wreck the climate. The region needs more jobs, but these could and should be for industries that build a better future. “Proper investment in West Cumbria could create thousands of new jobs in areas such as renewable energy, waste management and retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient. It’s time to leave coal, gas and oil in the ground where they belong.”
Cumbria Crack 7th Sept 2021 read more »
Cumberland and Westmorland Herald 7th Sept 2021 read more »
The coal extracted from the planned Cumbrian mine may go further overseas, rather than be used in Britain and the EU as the company has claimed, the public inquiry into the scheme heard on its opening day. West Cumbria Mining’s (WCM) proposals to extract 2.7m tonnes of metallurgical coal a year from a site off the Cumbrian coast at St Bees are being examined by the Planning Inspectorate. WCM has said its “indigenous” coal would principally supply British steelmaking and industry in EU countries, while creating hundreds of well-paid jobs for people in west Cumbria. According to current levels of domestic demand for coking coal, about 15% of the coal extracted underneath the Irish Sea would go to UK-based companies, with WCM having proposed to export the remainder to Europe.
Guardian 7th Sept 2021 read more »
The Government’s global leadership on climate change will be “seriously damaged” if it rubber-stamps a plan for a new coal mine in Cumbria only months after hosting the COP26 summit, an inquiry has been told. But miners said it remained an “inconvenient truth” that coal is necessary for making steel.
iNews 7th Sept 2021 read more »
The Government’s green agenda is teetering as a giant coal mine is planned for the fields of Cumbria. In just under two months Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his colleagues want to lead the world towards net zero carbon emissions as Britain hosts the COP 26 climate summit. Today, however, marks the start of an inquiry into a new coal mine: the Woodhouse Colliery proposed by West Cumbria Mining. On the face of things, opening a new coal mine while simultaneously telling the world to slash emissions appears somewhat contradictory. The mining company, however, argues it will benefit Britain’s goal of being a global climate leader. Cumbria County Council initially gave the project the thumbs up in 2019 after the Government said the mine was a local matter. But earlier this year, following campaigns and protests, Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, referred the proposal to the Planning Inspectorate for an inquiry, citing “further developments”.
Telegraph 7th Sept 2021 read more »