The Committee who advise Radioactive Waste Management on this plan for Geological Disposal of Heat Generating Nuclear Wastes has 11 members – one of them is the CEO of West Cumbria Mining . The Site Selection Expert for Radioactive Waste Management is Steeve Reece who was Head of Operations at West Cumbria Mining. Revolving Doors.

PRESS NOTICE SENT OUT YESTERDAY to local and national press…. nada response so far from follow up phone calls

10 and 20 mile radius from Ghyll Scuar Quarry, The Hill, Millom. This quarry is being considered by Radioactive Waste Management for above surface GDF nuclear sprawl, nuclear police with armour piercing weapons, nuclear licensed site, nuclear canning factory, massive area for nuclear container ‘retrieval’ standing site when it all goes tits up and leaks even before closure….etc etc etc

“Based on the review of readily available information relating to the Value for Money Siting Factor, RWM has concluded that the Area of Interest has potential to host a GDF”. INITIAL EVALUATION REPORT: Ghyll Scaur Quarry and associated coastal plain together with the adjacent inshore area” 

Ghyll Scuar Quarry as it is now

The “Area of Interest” stated for the above ground nuclear sprawl of a Geological Disposal Facility is Ghyll…

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Christmas 2018 -BBC Says Coal Mine is All Good- Happy Christmas!

Christmas 2018 BBC PM program … “Oooh Listen its on BBC”

…..will be state of the art, provide well paid jobs, be carbon neutral and provide coal for steel for wind turbines

“What?! No mention of climate or nuclear impact?”

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Christmas 2018

“Blue loves his Christmas Squeaky!”

New Coal Mine BBC Radio 4 PM… “Oooh Listen its on BBC”

…..will be state of the art, provide well paid jobs, be carbon neutral and provide coal for steel for wind turbines

“What?! No mention of climate or nuclear impact?”

Winter Festival Climate Shindig

“Yeah – I heard the BBC program- am totally reassured about metallurgical coal mine”

“Me too, its gotta be a good thing.”

“Watcha doin?”

Writing to BBC ….probably a waste of time…..Dear BBC

Letter of Complaint re Cumbria Coal Mine

*Pro-mine bias

*No Balance

*No Voices of Opposition

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Laurie Michaelis “If Cumbria County Council knowingly allows this mine…”

The latest page in the ongoing Wastwater Chronicles series – this is from The Pit and the Polar Bear

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“Its like Climate folk need mega-permission from up on high to oppose the coal mine” Coal & Nuclear Zero Carbon Cumbria Partners?

“Well. I’ve already torn up the Paris Climate Agreement outside the Mine office. I know, Im friends with a good guy whose a climate expert…I’ll ask him….”

Laurie Michaelis – full March 2018 letter below

Laurie is the Quakers for Sustainability expert and he has written to Cumbria County Council outlining why they should turn down the coal mine plan. His letter and memo is reproduced in full below.

Dear Rachel Brophy

Planning Application 4/17/9007: Woodhouse Colliery

I am writing to comment on the above application and to ask to be allowed to speak at the Development Control Committee meeting on 7thMarch.( note this is now 18th April)

My comments centre on the climate change implications of the proposed mine and on the business case…

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Talking to Local Lads..

from the Pit and the Polar Bear – the latest in the Wastwater Chronicles

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In Whitehaven talking to local lads

2018 “Any big Climate Bods shouting ’bout coal mine yet?”


On the phone to Environment Ed of the Guardian newspaper : “please could you report on the really dangerous plan for the undersea coal mine near Sellafield?”

One of Top 5 Environment Journalists ” We will report on it when the decision has been made”

“Fat lot of good that’ll be!!! I can write a letter in but its not the same.”

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“C’mon Fellow Greenies…”

From 2017 …..

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June 21st 2017 “C’mon Fellow Greenies...There are just five weeks to go before Cumbria County Council (the most obsessively pro-nuke in the UK) rubber stamp the application – and hey presto, we’ll have a brand new coal mine just a few miles from one of the world’s most polluted and toxic nuclear sites…..” Jonathon Porritt

Wow, thats a great shout -out from BIG-GREENIE Jonathon Porritt on his blog. All the big voices are bound to leap into action against the coal mine now….”

Later…… tumbleweeds

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Good Luck to Everyone Speaking Against the Coal Mine Tomorrow!

There is some Good News from the Secretary of State : “in exercise of his powers under Article 31of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015, the Secretary of State hereby directs your Council not to grant permission on this application without specific authorisation. (but they can refuse it) “

Councillors must vote NO tomorrow. If they don’t, if they continue to ignore all the overwhelmimgly damning evidence and vote yes,  it is likely that there would be a public inquiry. Will the Council be on the wrong side of history.?

West Cumbria Mining Have Achieved What NIREX failed to do. Namely a massive ‘rock characterisation’ program with “exploratory boreholes”

Trojan Horse?

The following letter has been sent to press. It written by a founder of Radiation Free Lakeland, Anita Stirzaker.

Having spoken myself yesterday to a BBC producer who said he was ‘not interested in the nuclear aspect’ of the mine – I am sharing this letter here with permission from Anita.

Dear Editor

Back in 2015 Cumbria County Council’s Planning Officers gave the go ahead under “permitted development”for West Cumbria Mining to carry out “exploratory borehole drilling” onshore and offshore in the St Bees area, there was “no planning permission necessary”.

Of the boreholes West Cumbria Mining said“The boreholes will pass through the fault zones and allow the geologists to collect information on the extent of the faults which is used in the mine design as the drift tunnels will need to pass through these fault zones in order to establish the mine. As the boreholewill also pass through the…

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No Worries! Nuclear and Coal In Close Proximity – is ALL OK according to Council Planning Officers in their Recommendations


Nuclear and Climate Concerns Brushed Under the Carpet in Officers Recommendation to Approve Cumbrian Coal Plan

Nuclear Safety Campaigners at Radiation Free Lakeland are shocked at the report published yesterday by Angela Jones Executive Director of Economy and Infrastructure to Cumbria County Council.   In advising Councillors who will take the decision on October 2nd whether or not to grant permission, the report concludes that “I am persuaded that the risks are manageable and that the benefits overall clearly outweigh those likely impacts identified”. 

A spokesperson from Radiation Free Lakeland said:  “we are horrified that Officers have completely brushed aside our detailed report from marine expert Tim Deere Jones on the potential for radiological impacts. They have used a comment from South Lakes Action on Climate Change that : ‘the above issues would raise even greater concern should Underground Coal Gasification be proposed which has potential for large scale subsidence that is harder to control.”

The nuclear safety campaigners say “The report by Tim Deere Jones is specific to this planning application and specific to its unique position. The report details the intolerable consequences of massive new voids caused by coal mining in this specific area which includes the dangers of induced siesmicity near Sellafield as well as likely subsidence of the Cumbrian Mud Patch. To brush this serious nuclear issue under the carpet in this way by using the SLACC comment is utterly contemptous of what is arguably the most serious aspect of this coal mine.

Radiation Free Lakeland note also that the Officers report does not in any way attempt to address West Cumbria Mining’s repeated contempt for climate concerns “WCM does not consider that there is a requirement to assess the emissions caused by the end use of coal which is extracted from the Development”. 

Nuclear Safety Campaigners will be reading the full report in detail and will comment further but in the meantime urge people to lobby their own councillors to urge the Development Control and Regulation Committee members to defy the dangerous Officers report and vote NO on 2nd October. They can also be contacted direct here.

There is also an ongoing Petition


Radiation Free Lakeland have been running a campaign to Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole since 2017. This has included the legal challenge by Leigh Day which has seen the plan repeatedly kicked into the long grass.

Tim Deere Jones Report into Implications of Potential Seabed Subsidence, Seismicity and Fault Reactivation beneath the Cumbrian Mud Patch

SLACC comment regarding Underground Coal Gasification being “harder to control” than coal mining in response to Tim Deere Jones report can be found on page 75 of CCC Public Reports Pack

I Am a Big Fan of the Coal Mine!

February 2017 Copeland By-Election – ALL parties say they are “A Big Fan of the Coal Mine.” Irish Sea Methane Leak in September due to West Cumbria Mining “exploratory boreholes” for which the County Council Planning Officers said there was ‘no planning permission necessary’.

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20th February 2017


“Says here that coal mine is going ahead!!!”

“There are loadsa big climate folk n’ groups in Cumbria – They will do summat”

“Talkin of Greenies, I’m off to Copeland By-Election Hustings to support the Green guy – he is against new nuclear”

“Ha! Like yer outfit!”

COPELAND BY -ELECTION 23 February 2017

Green, Cons, Lab, Lib – all say “I am a big fan of the coal mine!’


8th September 2017

“Mining Crews hit Gas Pocket off Cumbria Coast – Emergency Services on Standby”

METHANE LEAK ( a few miles from new nuclear plans and existing nuclear wastes at Sellafield)

Exploratory drilling by West Cumbria Mining – their boreholes are “permitted development” say Cumbria County Council Planning Officials.

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