Coal mine permit raises opposition

Cumbria County Council has granted planning approval to West Cumbria Mining (WCM) to develop  a new underground coal mine, located on a brownfield site, to the south west of Whitehaven in West Cumbria.

The site will be known as Woodhouse Colliery.

The decision prompted protests.  However, the site produces so-called ‘metallurgical coal’ which is converted to coke and used as a fuel and reactant in steelmaking. The coal produced will be delivered by rail to Redcar Bulk Terminal, located in North Yorkshire, on the east coast of England, which forms part of the steelworks in Teesside.

The company says site work will start before the end of 2019, with coal production commencing around 24 months from the start of construction.

Speaking to the Independent newspaper, Friends of the Earth clean energy campaigner Tony Bosworth said, “If we want to avoid dangerous climate change, giving the go-ahead to a new coal mine takes us in completely the wrong direction. Coal for power generation is currently being phased-out. Industries like steel and cement must make the shift to cleaner energy a top priority.”

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1 comment for “Coal mine permit raises opposition

  1. Dr Timothy Norris
    April 21, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Ultimate owner of Cumbrian coal mines is based in the Cayman Islands, according to Internet reports, so no tax revenue to UK Government. The project is more than just extracting coal – it is all about backfilling the exhausted coal mines with nuclear waste from Sellafield, wherein the nuclear waste will be encapsulated in concrete. Calder Hall reactor (Windscale) is being decommissioned and its radioactive parts need to be disposed off. Likewise, Thorp facility is being decommissioned and its radioactive metallic parts need to be disposed off. Perhaps nuclear waste will be imported from other parts of the World and also used as backfill for the exhausted mines. If the concrete encapsulation develops any fault, it will be impossible to rectify and will pollute the East coast of Ireland the the West coast of Scotland. These Sellafield scientists and experts have got it wrong in the past, and now what is being proposed could permanently ruin Cumbria and the coast up from Cumbria. Rather a big gamble for a few profits to be processed via the Cayman Islands ?

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