The company seeking to open the UK’s first new deep coalmine in 30 years is gambling on the UK’s and EU’s failure to address climate change, the public inquiry into the mining plans has heard. An expert witness for one of the parties opposed to West Cumbria Mining’s (WCM) plans to dig up 2.7m tonnes of coking coal a year says the firm’s case for the mine rests on the assumption that UK and EU governments will breach their legally binding climate targets by using the coal to supply steelmaking over the coming decades. The proposed mine, where metallurgical coal would be extracted from underneath the Irish Sea bed at a site off the Cumbrian coast at St Bees, could run until 2049 if WCM’s application is successful.
Guardian 16th Sept 2021 read more »
CLIMATE conscious claims by West Cumbria Mining have been knocked back by the offsetting organisation it plans to use as evidence the coal mine is net zero. West Cumbria Mining’s planning application for a coking coal mine off the coast of Whitehaven has been called-in by Housing, Communities and Local Government secretary Robert Jenrick and is now undergoing an inquiry. After the inquiry concludes and all evidence has been presented by both sides, the Government minister will decide whether or not to approve the application, not the Local Authority.
Carlisle News & Star 15th Sept 2021 read more »