Campaigners are hailing the end of opencast coal mining in Britain after a long battle to see off the final applications for new mines in former coal heartlands. The Banks Group’s decision not to appeal against the rejection of a proposed scheme on the outskirts of Newcastle upon Tyne means England joins Scotland in apparently reaching the end of the road for surface coalmining. No opencast mines are extracting coal in either country – compared with the nine operating in England alone a decade ago producing nearly 3m tonnes – while two remaining sites in Wales will gradually wind up operations.
Guardian 14th July 2021 read more »
MOST National readers don’t think the UK Government should allow the Cambo oil field off the coast of Shetland to go ahead. The Cambo oil field, co-owned by Siccar Point Energy and Shell, is due to start drilling in 2022. The project plans to start by drilling for 150 million barrels of oil – equivalent to the annual pollution from 16 coal-fired power stations. There are an estimated 800 million barrels of oil that will be produced over the next 25 years at the site, causing outrage amongst environmentalists.
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