The application to mine coal at the Varteg in South Wales has been withdrawn by the coal company Glamorgan Power. Glamorgan power were seeking permission to extract 256,000 tonnes of coal 30 meters from houses and 120 meters away from Ysgol Bryn Onnen, primary school. The application was withdrawn by the company from planning before […]

“We won Eventually”
September 22, 2015

Campaigners from Cowley Residents Action Group (CRAG) welcome the news that RecyCoal is not going to work the site at Hesley Wood Tip. Sheffield County Council approved the application early in 2013 despite strong local opposition. The coal company immediately felled all the trees on the site, but never then started on extraction or building […]

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 […]

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 […]

Success Against North East Mine
July 30, 2014

Well done to all those who fought UK Coal in their application to extract more than 1 million tonnes of coal and 175,000 tonnes of fireclay from a site at Marley Hill which straddles both Gateshead and Co. Durham.

Victory against UK Coal!
February 26, 2012

The Pont Valley Network and Durham County Council have successfully prevented UK Coal mining half a million tonnes of Coal from Bradley when UK Coal appealed the decision made last year. The inspectors report was published on Thursday 23rd February which rejects the appeal, by UK Coal. Durham County Council unanimously rejected the application a […]


On Tuesday 12th October Midlothian Council voted unanimously to reject Scottish Coal’s application for a 2 million tonne open cast coal mine next to the village of Cousland. Communities Against Airfield Open Cast have staged their hard-fought campaign for over two years now, achieving the best possible outcome, and very successfully convincing the planners to […]