Tomorrow the developers of the first deep coal mine in the UK in decades will hold a ‘drop in’ session “for locals”. Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole have been told that they are not welcome and the developers have long since stopped answering any of my questions.
The day includes free mince pies and tea. So here is a question for WCM. If a plate of their mince pies are eaten – will that substitute for a plate of mince pies elsewhere in the world? ie will a plate of mince pies elsewhere in the world not be eaten because a plate of mince pies has been eaten tomorrow at the developers ‘drop in’ session? That is the laughable argument the developers made to Cumbria County Council – and the Council bought it! They bought the line that 3 million tonnes a year of coal a year will not be produced elsewhere because coal would be mined in Cumbria ( just five miles from Sellafield) . “Substitution” – its magic!
Other questions of emissions, hydrology, water use, seismic damage, pollution, blight are brushed aside as casually as a crumb from a mince pie.
If you fancy a mince pie then West Cumbria Mining will be delighted to see you as long as you don’t ask any awkward questions… Wednesday 11th December from 2pm till 6pm at the Haig Museum offices, Whitehaven