The unanimous green light that Cumbria County Council had given the developers, West Cumbria Mining, has now effectively turned back to amber. Cumbria County Council has confirmed that it will no longer rely on the resolution decision that we were challenging. This turn around would not have happened without your amazing support for the Judicial Review (which had been granted full approval to go ahead and challenge the County Council’s decision). West Cumbria Mining has now submitted a revised planning application to Cumbria County Council. This revised plan seeks to answer the legal challenges which were to be brought by us in the Judicial Review. We believe the true reason why West Cumbria Mining has submitted a revised planning application is to try to defeat our legal challenge. For example the middlings coal will now, say West Cumbria Mining, with this new plan be magically transformed into coking coal! Our brilliant lawyers at Leigh Day will now seek costs from Cumbria County Council and WCM, because we have in effect achieved what we set out to do, which was to overturn the council’s unanimous decision to approve the coal mine.
Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole 18th May 2020 read more »
The global coal industry will “never recover” from the Covid-19 pandemic, industry observers predict, because the crisis has proved renewable energy is cheaper for consumers and a safer bet for investors. A long-term shift away from dirty fossil fuels has accelerated during the lockdown, bringing forward power plant closures in several countries and providing new evidence that humanity’s coal use may finally have peaked after more than 200 years. That makes the worst-case climate scenarios less likely, because they are based on a continued expansion of coal for the rest of the century. Even before the pandemic, the industry was under pressure due to heightened climate activism, divestment campaigns and cheap alternatives. The lockdown has exposed its frailties even further, wiping billions from the market valuations of the world’s biggest coal miners. As demand for electricity has fallen, many utilities have cut back on coal first, because it is more expensive than gas, wind and solar. In the EU imports of coal for thermal power plants plunged by almost two-thirds in recent months to reach lows not seen in 30 years. The consequences have been felt around the world as well.
Guardian 17th May 2020 read more »
BP’s new chief executive said the coronavirus crisis has “convinced him more than ever” to shrink the oil giant’s carbon footprint to zero. Bernard Looney said BP must learn from, and embrace, the collapse of oil markets amid the global pandemic, as the world’s demand falls to a 25-year low. Oil prices have fallen by two thirds during the crisis, with major oil companies – including BP – losing billions.
iNews 17th May 2020 read more »