On the 12th March a new site was set up near Telford, Shropshire, opposing one of UK Coal’s latest mines. The 900,000 tonnes of coal due to be excavated will have devastating effects on one of the most valuable areas of ancient woodland in the borough. The 230 acre site due to be excavated eats into the “Shropshire Hills area of Outstanding Beauty”.
The open cast will create three years of noise and dust for local residents and will release a minimum of 2,430,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.
The site is going strong and is yet to receive an eviction order. Most of the trees on site have been felled already but there is a lot of potential for tunnel digging; in some parts of the site the water table is below the height of excavation! There is a strong local campaign and most people living there are new to protest sites. They would welcome visitors, especially those who have site or direct action experience so get down there soon!
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