Letter to the Whitehaven News 20.11.19 from Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole
“We live in strange times. At the meeting following the ratification of the coal mine by Cumbria County Council in Kendal I was told by the CEO of West Cumbria Mining to: “get a conscience Marianne.”
“Meanwhile the Mayor of Copeland was gushingly praised for his “aggressive stance” in supporting the mine. Former BNFL manager and now Copeland councillor Steven Morgan is reported to have said: “I would like to commend you (Mayor Starkie) personally for what you have done; for your aggressive stance. It has become an unpopular decision by certain politicians in other jurisdictions to intrude into what is important for Copeland.” Steven Morgan must have forgotten that his old job at BNFL oversaw thousands of tonnes of nuclear waste being shunted via rail and road to Sellafield through the constituencies of “certain politicians in other jurisdictions.” Similarly the effects of this coal mine, potential climate and nuclear impacts would intrude not only on Copeland.
“Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole is a campaign we have been running at Radiation Free Lakeland since 2017. We are mindful of the strong support that Sellafield has given to this mine and we are appalled at that support. Why would Sellafield which is at “high risk of liquefaction” support a coal mine nearby literally undermining the Irish Sea up to 5 miles away? Is it because the coal mine will embed in Cumbria exactly the kind of infrastructure needed to facilitate a geological disposal facility so that the nuclear industry can get shot of its wastes to make more ? These are the questions that West Cumbria Mining do not like us to ask and these are the questions for which I have been told to “get a conscience.”
“We are continuing with our battle against this mine and we are joined in that battle by many other groups and individuals. A new CrowdJustice campaign has just been launched on Tuesday and within the first day hundreds of pounds have been donated. Small beer compared to the money already squandered on PR and lobbyists for this coal mine. We have the support of top lawyers Leigh Day who have already put Cumbria County Council “on notice” of legal action for their failure to take into account green house gas emissions amongst other things.
“Please support the legal action if you can either by donation or by sharing the link on the CrowdJustice platform. All money goes to the legal case and not to Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole/Radiation Free Lakeland – we are all unpaid volunteers whose motivation is a love for this land and the people in it. There are a million jobs that do not involve risking climate and nuclear catastrophe.
Please Support our Legal Fight Against a New Coal Mine in Cumbria
On behalf of Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole, a Radiation Free Lakeland campaign”
Extract from excellent letter “Coal decision doesn’t add up” by Liz Hendry in the Westmorland GazetteWestmorland Gazette 21.11.19
“Concerned citizens from across Cumbria gathered to demonstrate …then to listen to the debate. We left profoundly worried and depressed.
“Four well informed and compelling presentations from members of the public were given, all of which clearly demonstrated the enormous quantity of carbon emissions and the mine and associated infrastructure would create. Yet the council voted (again) to ratify its earlier decision.
“The speciousness of some of the council’s arguments were truly breathtaking. For example it averred that the opening of the Cumbrian mine would by some mysterious process lead to the non-exabtraction and development of coal mining elsewhere in the world for example America! Thus Cumbria’s coal produced emissions would be “carbon neutral” and a “balance” would be achieved . Magic!”