We urgently need to raise funds to challenge the new (amended) plan to open the first deep coal mine in the UK in over 30 years.
A legal challenge was put forward in my name under the banner Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole (a Radiation Free Lakeland campaign). The detailed work by top lawyers Leigh Day meant that the legal challenge led to developers amending their application. In October of this year despite overwhelming evidence on the enormous climate and nuclear impacts the amended plan received planning permission from (a no longer unanimous) Cumbria County Council.
Now we need funds to continue the fight and STOP THIS COAL MINE. While the climate impacts of this mine have been much in the news, with the enormous carbon emissions over the lifetime of the mine, the nuclear impacts have been more taboo and were not even mentioned by the councillors in their deliberations.
The mine would be five miles from the world’s riskiest nuclear waste site –Sellafield Mass void removal as proposed by this coal mine is known to induce seismicity. As well as this certain seismic risk the mine would be directly below the radioactive sediments which have settled on the Irish Sea bed from decades of Sellafield discharges. The radioactive sediment estimated to include around 500kg of plutonium along with a cocktail of other radioactive isotopes ( the devastation of Nagasaki was caused by 1kg of plutonium) is named as the Cumbrian Mud Patch. In approving the plan the County Council acknowledged that seismicity and subsidence of the Irish Sea bed is likely but that it could be “mitigated” – with the developers self moderating impacts. Incredibly Sellafield is “in support” of the coal mine plan which lies below the decades worth of their radioactive waste discharge lying on the Irish Sea bed (the plan was to “dilute and disperse”).
No Coming Back
The nuclear impacts are of a magnitude literally out of this world as the high level radioactive wastes and plutonium stockpiles sitting at Sellafield if accidently released through induced seismicity from methane explosion or mass void removal could do what they were originally designed to do and annihilate the biosphere many times over. This and the certain risk of resuspension of the Cumbrian Mud Patch wastes means that this coal mine puts us all at direct risk of a nuclear fall out there would be no coming back from.
Campaigners have also been lobbying the Secretary of State to call the decision in for a public inquiry. If a public inquiry were to be called we would use any donations to pay for expert advice and representation by Leigh Day.
With your help we can challenge this outrageous decision by Cumbria County Council. This coal mine would have impacts way beyond the sum of its parts.
With your help we can and we MUST STOP the Cumbrian Coal Mine
PLEASE SUPPORT THIS NEW CHALLENGE – You can support the challenge by donating and sharing HERE https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/help-stop-the-cumbrian-coal-mi/
Note: All money goes directly to our Lawyers, Leigh Day who have already worked at well below commercial rates but we still need funds to cover legal fees and court costs should they arise. Already we have, with Leigh Day’s detailed legal work, delayed this plan now we need to stop the plan in its tracks.