Bristol Rising Tide Presents: Canaries Shut the Mine Friday 22nd September 7pm £5 Featuring: Solana – Polyrhythmic folk world music. The Globo Collective – psychedelic good vibes fusion. Otherstory Puppetry – Roots of Resistance live animation show celebrating 20 years of environmental direct action with Earth First! Cocktails, local cider from Barley Wood Orchard, snacks […]

Want to help stop an opencast in the UK? The British site in Torfaen, South Wales should be taken back into public ownership and remediate without the need of opencast mining. The local campaign are asking for letters to support the case for real remediation without coal mining. Please feel free to copy and paste […]

Welsh Coal Industry Changes
July 9, 2016

This year there have been a number of changes in relation to coal mining and burning in Wales. Power stations Aberthaw, Wales’ biggest coal fired power station has said it will operate on reduced hours from April 2017. The power station is currently central to a legal case being heard by the Court of Justice […]

The application to mine coal at the Varteg in South Wales has been withdrawn by the coal company Glamorgan Power.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 The application was withdrawn by the company from planning before […]

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 […]


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 […]

Can you help? Letters needed
November 12, 2013

The NO OPENCAST Group are asking for concerned people to contact Torfaen Council (TCBC) to urge them not to agree to the new proposed Section 106 agreement that Glamorgan Power has proposed, thus enabling the mine to be given permission. The council rejected Glamorgan Power’s application to remove 68 hectares in Varteg to extract 325,000 […]

Make 500m buffer zone law
March 1, 2013

Please sign the petition to enforce a 500m buffer zone between opencast sites and houses in Wales At present Welsh guidelines recommend that opencast mines are not within 500m of houses. Without legislation companies are still applying and may get permission very close to houses. The Varteg and the British opencast applications are both […]