Green Party of Allerdale and Copeland Voice Opposition to Coal Mine

 

100_3892-e1498058089210.jpgThe more letters from local Green Party organisations and members sent in opposing the Woodhouse Colliery under the Irish Sea the better! The planning meeting is scheduled for November 1st in Kendal

Please Join in the Resistance ….Write, Write, Organise, Object, Resist!

Ms Rachel Brophy
Planning Officer
Cumbria County Council
Economy, Culture and Environment County Offices
Kendal Cumbria LA9 4RQ

Via email only: rachel.brophy@cumbria.gov.uk

29 August 2017

Dear Ms Brophy,

Re Application Ref: 4/17/9007

Allerdale & Copeland Green Party wish to register objection to West Cumbria Mining’s plans to develop a new metallurgical coal mine at the former Marchon industrial site near Woodhouse, Whitehaven.

Our previous lack of object was conditional on a carbon footprint analysis being carried out, and subsequent cogent evidence that the mine provided a net reduction in carbon emissions.

West Cumbria Mining have not carried out a carbon footprint analysis and we don’t have any evidence of any lifecycle analysis being carried out. The company have also released documents that make it clear that they intend to export much of the coal for use in continental Europe and further afield. Their proposal makes only incidental and vague references to the possibility of a reduction in net carbon emissions.
The full planning document currently being considered by Cumbria County Council raises a number of other serious concerns:
• The projected timeframe and quantity of extraction is at odds with the expectations of overarching climate change legislation – namely the Climate Change Act (2008) –
which introduced legally binding targets to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions
by at least 80% by 2050 from 1990 levels, and the Paris Agreement.
• The application speaks of a production lifespan of 20-50 years, and a peak extraction
of 2.8 million tonnes a year. Assuming a 40 year life (following construction), and an average of 2 million tonnes a year, that is a total production of 80 million tonnes, which will emit around 175 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

• The application is in conflict with the approach to considering coal developments in the NPPF. Paragraph 149 of the NPPF states that: “Permission should not be given for the
extraction of coal unless the proposal is environmentally acceptable, or can be made so by planning conditions or obligations; or if not, it provides national, local or community benefits which clearly outweigh the likely impacts to justify the granting of planning permission.”
• The application is incompatible with recent government announcements and consultations on coal phase-out.
• Regulation 22 consultation is required regarding ‘Climatic Factors’ as per the EIA regulations and scoping requirements.
We therefore request that this application be turned down.

Yours sincerely,
Allerdale & Copeland Green Party
CC
stewart.young@cumbria.gov.uk

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