510 Jobs? Where is the Breakdown?

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS ..West Cumbria Mining ..short on Evidence Big on PR ….

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole

West Cumbria Mining have just shared slide 1 of a powerpoint presentation we assume they will be showing the Council at the 2nd Oct meeting. I’ve just jotted down some observations…

It is big on optimism and short on evidence. The last missive from West Cumbria Mining revealed that their preferred suppliers were all mega global corporations apart from a Scottish company that supplies worldwide.

Cumbria County Councillors placed the jobs ‘predicted’ by WCM heavy in the balance against the certain damage to the environment. Cumbria County Council should ask West Cumbria Mining for a detailed breakdown of the jobs being predicted.

The councillors may be unanimously happy to place the weight of 510 jobs above the certain environmental degradation, which includes radiological risks (from impacts on nearby Sellafield and the Cumbrian Mud Patch) as well as the more talked about climate risks. But would they be willing to place…

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Murray Energy – partnered with West Cumbria Mining change their name following bankruptcy

West Cumbria Mining whose CEO has been appointed to the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management are aligned with a US Coal Giant happy to use unethical bankruptcy rules leaving a massive trail of financial and environmental destruction. The carrot of ‘predicted’ 500 jobs is a rotten carrot.

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Last year, October 14th it was announced that West Cumbria Mining had entered into “an exclusive marketing and offtake agreement” withJavelin Global Commodities ., The major stakeholder of Javelin is Murray Energy

OnOctober 29th the New York Times reported that Murray Energy had filed for bankruptcy.

In July of this year it was revealed that Murray Energy had agreed to a new $45 million term loan facility from Silver Point Finance LLC. This allowed the company to exit bankruptcy with enough liquidity to consummate a restructuring plan. The company also disclosed a $15.7 million settlement with founder Robert Murray, his family and affiliated trusts, who were facing various allegations from creditors that they treated Murray Energy as their own “piggy bank” ahead of the bankruptcy.

FIRE FIGHT

Yesterday it was reported in the US press that Murray Energy have in a stroke of evil genius changed their…

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EDF Admits Hunterston B’s Reactors are Cracking Up -But the Regulators Say : Its All OK Folks!

Photo by David Autumns Hunterston B by David Autumns From: <Contact@onr.gov.uk>Date: Wed, Sep 16, 2020 at 3:25 PMSubject: RE: HPGE202008123 Hunterston B Dear Mr Autumns Thank you for your email. We recognise the decision to permission the restart of Hunterston B Reactor 3 will not be universally welcomed. However, I would like to assure you that …

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Hurrah!! Plans for Wylfa B Scuppered!!

CONGRATULATIONS to ALL WHO HAVE CAMPAIGNED SO LONG TO STOP WYLFA ESPECIALLY PEOPLE AGAINST WYLFA B - This abandonment by Hitachi is due in no small part to continued opposition to new nuclear in Wales. Well Done to All who have campaigned to STOP WYLFA A Message from PAWB below... Wylfa-Fukushima 23rd -25th August 2015 …

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What’s that drilling thing?

“Whats that Drilling Thing?” “The borehole will pass through the fault zones and allow the geologists to collect information on the extent of the faults which is used in the mine design as the drift tunnels will need to pass through these fault zones in order to establish the mine. As the borehole will also pass through the coal measures the opportunity can be taken to sample the coal quality etc. It is anticipated that the borehole will extend approximately 1,000m under the sea.”

Wastwater Chronicles

2017

“Whats that big drilling thing?”

“C’mon lets go to the Beach Cafe”

“Your Carrot Cakes!”

Oooh Yummy!”

“Thats Exploring for Coal…

up to 1000m they are drilling”

“Oh, thats the same depth as that nuclear dump they wanted under

Cumbria – Wadda they call it? ….G.D.F

…under Ennerdale….Under Egremont…Under the Irish Sea

Additional info for nerds:

“The borehole will pass through the fault zones and allow the geologists to collect information on the extent of the faults which is used in the mine design as the drift tunnels will need to pass through these fault zones in order to establish the mine. As the borehole will also pass through the coal measures the opportunity can be taken to sample the coal quality etc. It is anticipated that the borehole will extend approximately 1,000m under the sea.” Notification of Intention to Carry Out Development- Part 22 Class B of GPDO…

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Seismic Warnings – if not now when will the Govnt Scrap Hinkley C ?

Letter below sent to national and Bristol press following another seismic warning this week - unpublished as far as I know so...here it is. Image from New Civil Engineer Seismic Warnings - if not now when will the Government Scrap Hinkley C ? This week there was yet another earthquake recorded in the Bristol area.  …

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Sellafield Once Again Awarded for Cracked Pipes and Leaks

It seems to be a thing. Whenever there is news of a new and entirely predictable massive leak or fire at Sellafield - this latest one (we have been told minimal information of) taking 10 months to "fix" it is followed invariably by news of a "raft of Sellafield awards" for safety. These images are …

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Mining Developer’s Suppliers List Slammed ..

In the Cumberland Echo today...Mining developers' suppliers list slammed by protestors Written by John Walsh   Wednesday, 09 September 2020Yucca Mountain - Tunnel Boring Machine. A nuclear safety group has slammed the preferred supplier list of developers hoping to open the first deep coal mine in the UK in decades.Radiation Free Lakeland were behind the legal challenge brought …

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Your Local Coal Mine

Your Local Coal Mine! Companies on the list of preferred suppliers could be described as global conglomerates with complicated histories of merger and acquisition including many nuclear interests.

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West Cumbria Mining and “Localism”

Much has been made of West Cumbria Mining providing ‘local jobs for local people’.

”we prioritise working with local suppliers” they say.

According to WCM their preferred suppliers come from County Durham, Sunderland, Derbyshire, Scotland, UK-wide, London and Teeside. Hardly “local” to Cumbria – but wait, it gets worse.

The only genuinely “local” company is Parnaby Cyclones who provide machinery for coal washing and processing worldwide and are based in County Durham.  Other companies on the list of preferred suppliers could be described as global conglomerates with complicated histories of merger and acquisition including many nuclear interests.

One is a strange “supplier” – the commodity trader and venture capitalist – Javelin Global Commodities.  Strange because JGC is the company in partnership with WCM.  Founded in 2015 it has a complex control and accounting structure but it is essentially a couple of city blokes backed…

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