Cumbria County Council has given the green light to a new coal mine off the county’s coast. Members of the authority’s Development, Control and Regulation Committee considered a revised application from developers West Cumbria Mining today. Of the councillors in attendance 12 voted in favour of the application, three against and there were two abstentions. The project, planned for a site near Whitehaven and will be the UK’s first deep coal mine in 30 years.
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Twelve of 17 Cumbria county councillors voted in favour of the decision on Friday, with three against and two abstentions. Last year’s initial decision to approve the mine had unanimous approval. Backers of the mine say it will reduce carbon emissions by 5.3 million tonnes over its lifetime by replacing energy intensive imports of steel. But critics say evidence shows that new mines tend to increase the amount of coal ultimately extracted and burned, rather than eliminating it elsewhere. Rebecca Willis, one of the authors of the report from think tank Green Alliance, said on Friday that the decision highlighted the need for a green industrial strategy to provide new jobs. “The councillors felt they had to choose dirty jobs over no jobs at all,” she said. “This decision highlights the contradictions of UK climate legislation. We have very clear targets but we don’t know how to implement them. “The idea that we’ve been arguing for three years about this mine shows we don’t have the forward thinking strategy to tackle the climate crisis.”
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“The jobs issue was foremost in the minds of the Councillors,” said Professor Rebecca Willis, who researches climate and energy policy at Lancaster University. “They felt they had to choose dirty jobs over no jobs. It is now up to national government to decide whether to ratify a decision which clearly contravenes UK climate legislation.”
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After hearing testimony from so many experts and locals opposing the plan from reasons ranging from the loss of ancient woodland, heritage, climate and nuclear impacts – the council have once again approved the plan – with 101 conditions.
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UK government puts temporary block on coal mine plan. Housing secretary Robert Jenrick’s intervention comes after Cumbria county council approved building the pit.
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