Rally to mark the beginning of the Inquiry

Friends of the Earth are organising a rally tomorrow in Whitehaven (details below) to mark the beginning of the Inquiry. We hope FoE and other mainstream NGOs will at the 11th hour include the issues that first alerted nuclear safety campaigners Radiation Free Lakeland to the dangers from this coal mine and led to the creation of our campaign to Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole.

Please if you are speaking at the Inquiry give a mention to : Proximity to Sellafield; Induced Seismicity; Subsidence of the Irish Sea Bed; Resuspension of 7 decades worth of radioactive wastes on the Cumbrian Mud Patch. All these issues must not continue to be swerved – take a stand. The Climate/Steel/Jobs arguments are really very important but all would be utterly meaningless should this coal mine do what it says on the tin and induce seismicity near Sellafield

This is the message from our friends at Friends of the Earth about Tomorrows Rally.

To mark the beginning of the Public Inquiry which will decide the fate of a proposed new Whitehaven coal mine, campaigners are gathering to show their opposition. There is going to be a Rally next to the site of the proposed coal mine in Whitehaven tomorrow. 

Join us to ensure your opposition to this climate-wrecking proposal is heard loud and clear.

What’s happening when?


The rally will start at 9am. The meeting point for the Rally is here. If you’re traveling by car there is ample room to park your vehicle. The location is also accessible by foot from the centre of Whitehaven, approximately 20 minutes’ walk away.

There will be a choir, one or two short speeches and the chance to meet other activists. Please help spread the word to any friends and contacts who share your concerns!

The Whitehaven rally will happen at the same time as a rally in London. Further details here.

There will be placards for you to but if you’ve made your own banner or other campaign materials, please do bring them along.

Big shout out to Jill Perry for all the ace organising you’ve done for the rally!

Please note: This will be a peaceful, positive gathering. West Cumbria Mining could accuse campaigners of trespass if you enter the site so it’s really important that nobody does so during or after the rally.

COVID safety: we ask everybody to maintain a safe distance while at the rally. If you feel unwell or have any COVID symptoms or a positive test, please do not attend.”


note West Cumbria Mining bought the land and colliery at the Haig for £1 following liquidation of the Heritage Lottery Funded Haig Museum.

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