Coal Action Network Oppose New Coal Mine Plan for Cumbria

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Coal Action Network have written to Cumbria County Council opposing the new coal mine plan in West Cumbria saying that:

“The application to mine is too close to the Sellafield nuclear site and the proposal for another nuclear power station at Moorside. [5] Underground mining can have a significant impact on the surrounding areas, recently a coking coal mine in Russia triggered an earth quake. In addition to being dangerous for mining personnel this could cause a nuclear catastrophe.”

Their  excellent letter to CCC is below…please use this as inspiration to write your own letter of objection before the 10th July.  You can write to the Leader of CCC here: Stewart.Young@cumbria.gov.uk

To whom it may concern,

Re. Planning Reference NO 4/17/9007. [1]

I’m writing to oppose the proposed coking coal mine at Whitehaven.

The application should be rejected because it is not in the national interest. From reviewing the documents submitted by West Cumbria Mining it is clear that the intention is to export the coal to Europe and Asia. [2]

Given that the UK steel industry imported 4.75 million tonnes of coking coal in 2015, mainly from the USA (44%) and Russia (27%) it seems perverse to be exporting coal to other countries, while importing it for UK steelworks. [3] Exporting coal increases greenhouse gas emissions and producing more coal could displace lower quality coking coal to power station usage adding to greenhouse gas emissions and air quality issues. The UK government intends on phasing-out coal by 2025, but the whole world needs to stop burning this most polluting of all fossil fuels now. [4]

The application to mine is too close to the Sellafield nuclear site and the proposal for another nuclear power station at Moorside. [5] Underground mining can have a significant impact on the surrounding areas, recently a coking coal mine in Russia triggered an earth quake. [6] In addition to being dangerous for mining personnel this could cause a nuclear catastrophe.

Giving permission for a mine to operate for 50 years ignores that the world is in a very turbulent time. Even if this application is approved the time frame should be dramatically shortened.

I hope that you give this application full consideration and that you chose to refuse it.

Yours sincerely,
Anne Harris on behalf of the Coal Action Network.

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[1] Planning application

[2] West Cumbria Mining (19/02/15) http://www.westcumbriamining.com/local-news/west-cumbria-mining-outline-new-plans-coking-coal-mine-near-whitehaven/

[3] Digest of UK Energy Statistics (2016) P55. Table 2.1 Commodity balances 2015

[4] Vaughan, A (09/11/16) Britain’s last coal power plants to close by 2025

[5] Reuters (04/04/17) UK’s Moorside nuclear project in turmoil as Toshiba’s French partner backs out

[6] UPDATE 1-Mining in Siberian coal region part-suspended after quake

 

 

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