Banks Mining to challenge UK Government’s opencast coal mine decision

Last month, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid refused the Druridge Bay, Highthorn application

Plans for Northumberland opencast coal mine rejected

Banks Mining said it is an “absolutely perverse decision which flies in the face of the recommendation for approval” given by the Planning Inspector

Government delays decision on new UK coal mine plans

The final decision was due to be made today but Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid is still considering the application

Restoration planned for Scottish coal mine

A surface coal mine in Scotland is to be restored with a series of visual and safety improvements. The Spireslack facility in East Ayrshire has been abandoned since its former operator, Scottish Coal, went into administration in early 2013. Approximately 1.2 million tonnes of rock and soil will be re-profiled to get rid of steep […]

Coal protesters ordered to pay £10,000

Five activists have been ordered to pay £10,000 by magistrates in Merthyr Tydfil following a protest at a Welsh coal mine last month. All five protesters from Earth First! and Reclaim the Power pleaded guilty to aggravated trespass for their part in an action which disrupted work at Ffos-y-fran opencast coal mine on 21st April. […]

UK’s last coal mine becomes 5MW solar farm

The site of the last deep coal mine in the UK is set to become a 5MW solar farm. The Harworth Group are to install the renewable plant at the old Kellingley Colliery, the closure of which marked the end of the country’s underground coal mining industry a year ago. The mine was once the […]

Polish state aid to close coal mines approved

The EU has approved PLN7.95 billion (£1.54bn) of Polish state aid to help close old coal mines. The plan to close uncompetitive mines by 2018 has been judged to be within EU state rules as it won’t unduly distort competition in the market and will alleviate the social and environmental impacts of the closure. The money will […]

Up to £66m awarded for coal mine water works

The Coal Authority has awarded multi-million pound contracts to protect the nation’s environment from polluted water from disused coal and metal mines. Water firm Severn Trent has won a 10-year contract – worth up to £50 million – to operate and maintain the Authority’s 82 mine water treatment schemes, pumping stations and mine gas facilities […]

EU approves state aid for Czech coal mine closure

The European Commission has approved public funding to help towards closing an “uncompetitive” coal mine in the Czech Republic. Mining company OKD decided to close the Paskov mine after “several unsuccessful attempts at returning it to economic viability”, the Commission said. Czech authorities proposed to fund one-off payments to workers who have lost or will […]

Welsh coal mine to be transformed into solar farm

A disused coal mine in Wales is to be transformed into a giant solar farm. Conergy will build a solar project capable of producing enough electricity to power 2,400 homes at Hendai Farm in South Wales. It used to be a coal mine which was closed in the late 1970s. The company will also construct […]