13 Mar '18, 1pm

Coal Action Network has a new article in the Ecologist looking at Banks's opencast plans

The British government says it wants to be seen as a world leader in phasing-out coal. But when it comes to the future of opencast coal mines here in the UK, the government is not sure what it really wants. The mining company Banks Group is now seeking to start a new opencast coal mine in Durham. It is one of the few mining companies trying to expand opencast coal mining in Britain. Coal Action Network and the local community have vowed to stop them. Banks already operates two large opencast coal mines close to the town of Cramlington in Northumberland. Shotton, England's largest opencast coal mine, and Brenkley Lane are both situated on Lord (Matt) Ridley’s estate. Granted permission Ridley is a hereditary peer, known for his 'lukewarm' position on climate change. He says on his website . “I am a climate lukewarmer. That means I think recent global warming is real, mostly...

Full article: https://theecologist.org/2018/mar/12/why-uk-government-mu...

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