More direct action against opencast coal

At 9am today (23 Feb 09) a group of eco-activists disrupted the operations of Scottish Coal at the Rosewell opencast coal mine in Midlothian. Some of the 10 activists stopping work today are local residents. They climbed onto digging machinery to prevent works and climbed onto trucks to prevent coal from leaving the Rosewell site for 2 hours this morning. Then police arrived but no-one was arrested.

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Ravenstruther action leads to jury trial in Lanark

This Direct Action is catching on! At 6am on Monday 15 December, 22 campaigners from yet another new anti-coal group, Coal Action Scotland, together with local residents, blockaded the entrance to the Scottish Coal-operated Ravenstruther coal rail terminal, near Lanark.  Coal Action Scotland is a part of the Coal Action Network that connects many of the groups campaigning and taking action against the coal industry across the UK. 

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Comeback Coal?

Are you confused by Government policy on climate change? Well, you’re not alone. Last night’s BBC Panorama programme looked at opencast coal mining, which is now favoured by the Labour Government after successful lobbying by UK Coal and others. Sadly, Scotland only received a mention. If you miss the programme on iPlayer, see the related BBC News story. The Government hangs its hopes on making coal clean by carbon capture and storage (CCS), which SANC has serious concerns about. Yet the best we can hope for is 12 CCS plants operating across the EU by 2015. This is too little, too late and is yet another reminder that while the Government talks about reducing fossil fuel consumption, the reality is quite the opposite.

New coal map of the UK

PIRC's new interactive Google map of coal sites across the UK

The public spirited folks at PIRC (Public Interest Research Centre) have just released an interactive Google Map of all existing and planned coal sites in the UK, including power stations and opencast mines. It’s interactive, zoomable, and full of information about the sizes of the mines and power stations being planned. Worryingly, there are more than a few.
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