Here it is…. an excellent round up of all the individual battles being fought to ensure…
….A Just End to Coal
Welcome to our new Coal Action Network newsletter. As well as continuing to let you know of actions you can take to help communities stop the coal industry, we also want to bring you our news on the coal industry in the UK. We have news around the closure of Aberthaw, Wales last coal power station. Firstly, on the history of the campaign to close the power station, and on the history of the land Aberthaw was built on and what may happen after the power station closes. Secondly, the tide is turning against coal takes a look at the the shift away from coal use in power stations and asks why opencast coal mines continue to be worked.
Unfortunately, the government has announced they aren’t going to step in to review a decision by Cumbria Council to allow a new deep coal mine that will last fifty years, despite Cumbrian MP Tim Farron and many groups requesting this, including ourselves. Local groups are looking at how to challenge this decision. Sadly, it is so often down to local people to try and hold companies and governments to account.
Next week Don Kent is in the high court, as he tries to hold Banks Group to account for their destruction of his local environment. In an interview with him, he speaks of why he is taking this pioneering action against the last company still pushing for opencast coal in the UK. Thank you to all of you who have donated to his crowdfunder. He has been overwhelmed (and relieved) at all the support in the shape of contributions (£1500 in 24 hours last week). And he and others in the Pont Valley are getting ready to organise to stop Banks Group, as the company puts in yet another planning application. The Campaign to Protect Pont Valley have an emergency public meeting this Thursday and we will update you on what you can do to help next week. Knowing that so many people out there following the news and supporting where they can is really encouraging to our friends in Pont Valley.
Thank you for reading and staying tuned in
Aberthaw’s closing: A massive victory against climate catastrophe and air pollution
A long campaign contributed to the recent announcement by RWE to close this coal fired power station. A look at how the demand for coal for this power station has affected people in South Wales and Russia, and a recount of the twists and turns of legal battles and local fights that all contributed to the closure of this power station.
Just transition rightly include the lives of workers in the industry, but alongside that, there is also the question of justice for the wider community and the local environment in the transition away from coal. This article features an interview with Rodney Bird who shares his memories of the land that was taken for Aberthaw power station to be built on and brings some thoughts to the question of justice for the land.
An article looking at the closure of coal fire power stations in the UK and asking why isn’t this resulting in an end to opencast coal mining? The environmental achievements are well worth celebrating, but sadly coal’s damaging impacts are still being felt by those on the front lines of coal extraction. British opencast coal mining continues largely in southern Wales and the north east of England, and there are still applications for new mines.
“I want justice and to make sure Banks can’t do it again”
“Banks have responded by paying very expensive barristers to try to intimidate me to drop the case and they are arguing over every little detail. Banks are prepared to do this because they are worried about losing their ongoing ability to evade scrutiny, they are worried about their ability to get planning permission for further sites in the valley, and they are worried about their reputation. Their response indicates that they are prepared to override the local community, prepared to do almost anything to continue opencasting coal in its last few years.” Donate
Photo: Pont Valley before Banks opencasted the site.