Representatives of fifty three groups from twenty three countries who are opposing coal mining and working for climate justice have signed an open letter against UK opencast coal mining. The letter, addressed to the Planning Inspectorate and Derbyshire County Council, asks for two opencast coal mine applications to be refused, as “English law enables applications […]

Another incompetent coal company
September 8, 2015

Planning application withdrawn… …but to be resubmitted straight away! Communities near Clay Cross in Derbyshire were expecting the planning hearing to decide on an opencast application incredibly close to hundreds of houses to be heard in the next couple of months. However, the coal company Provectus, have shown themselves to be incompetent. For background info […]

Reprinted from   Guy Shrubsole 6 August 2015 Yesterday, something extraordinary happened: a council in South Wales, the birthplace of the fossil fuel age, defied the coal industry and said no to an opencast coal mine. Wales kickstarted the industrial revolution with coal from the valleys around Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney. But yesterday councillors for […]

TOMORROW- WE NEED A SHOW OF UNITY AND COMMUNITY TOMORROW. PLEASE GET TO TY PENALLTA FOR 3.30pm (from United Valleys Action Group) Ty Penallta. Tredomen Park. Ystrad Mynach. CF82 7PG Come to the rally against proposed mine at Nant Llesg next to the enormous Ffos-y-fran opencast. Coal company Miller Argent is applying pressure to the […]


A great result for all those who have campaigned over the months and years against another enormous opencast adjacent to the controversial Ffos-y-Fran site. Today’s planning hearing for Miller Argent’s proposal to mine 6 million tonnes from the Nant Llesg site gave the best possible result. The councillors voted unanimously against the proposal and the […]


On Wednesday (3/6/15) it was announced that UK Coal’s application to mine 520,561 tonnes of coal from a site called Bradley, was approved. The site is currently agricultural land in Leadgate, Durham. This is a highly contested site with really strong and well orchestrated opposition from local people. Why is this a bad decision? The […]


Over a thousand vocal Fuleni residents gathered at Ntuthunga 2… Sunday, 17 May 2015… for a meeting called by Ibutho Coal to present information about the EIA [Environmental Impact Assessment] report. Ibutho Coal’s application for an open cast mine that threatens the world famous iMfolozi wilderness area, in South Africa, which is 40 meters from […]

Dodgy Dealings of UK Coal
March 24, 2015

Should we trust a company which fights for planning application appeals after going into administration and when forced to sell it’s opencast mines, does so to a company which is essentially the same beast? In November 2014 the four UK Coal Surface Mining Ltd (part of the UK Coal Production Ltd) opencast mines were sold […]

Mine Threat Removed
February 26, 2015

Earlier this month Coal Action Network group, CAGOO heard that UK Coal are no longer pursuing their application to mine at Great Oak near Newcastle under Lyme. The site was controversial, like all of the other opencast sites, because no one wants to live next to an opencast coal mine. Additionally, in this case there […]