Join Bernie the Polar Bear: Keep That Coal in the Hole Next to Sellafield!
Bernie the Polar Bear will be joining us on thursday 7th Dec as we gather outside The Beacon, Museum, Whitehaven at 11am for a walk to Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole. West Cumbria Mining are also holding an open day on the same day with PR on their plans to open an undersea coal mine off St Bees.
COLOURFUL COASTAL WALK
Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole mascot, Bernie the Polar Bear will join us on the challenging clifftop walk along the beautiful coast from Whitehaven to St Bees (7 miles including train stations at Whitehaven and St Bees)
MEET OUTSIDE THE BEACON MUSEUM, WHITEHAVEN 7th Dec at 11am (more info below)
While much of the rest of Europe and the world is very sensibly looking to divest from fossil fuels and new nuclear, Cumbria is looking to open the first deep coal mine in the UK for 30 years next to the biggest new nuclear development in Europe, Moorside. It is MAD.
Cumbria appears to be in some kind of parallel universe where new nuclear and new coal are being geared up to operate side by side in a nasty toxic tango. This is an appalling scandal and an assault on us and on future generations, it must be stopped in its tracks. I also note with justified suspicion that the Coal Mine’s Operations Manager, Steve Reece’s last job was as Geological Disposal Facility Development Manager for the Nuclear Industry. His remit for the nuclear industry and for government was to get the deep mining infrastructure in place for a geological dump for heat generating nuclear wastes.
Growing number of global insurance firms divesting from fossil fuels https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/15/growing-number-of-global-insurance-firms-divesting-from-fossil-fuels
The infrastructure and expertise is being put into place for a GDF See page 9 of this: Steven Reece formerly of NIREX,MRWS and RWM now West Cumbria Mining https://tools.nda.gov.uk/publication/insight-into-nuclear-decommissioning-6th-edition-june-2011/?download. And http://www.westcumbriamining.com/involved/wcm-team/business-management/
West Cumbria Mining Open Days http://www.westcumbriamining.com/news/
Battle to Stop First Deep Cumbrian Coal Mine in 30 Years Succeeds in Raising Fighting Fund to Stop the Plan
Top law firm, Leigh Day, backs campaign
A Group of Cumbrians opposed to the first deep coal mine in the UK for 30 years have succeeded in raising funds to challenge the plan by developers West Cumbria Mining. The initial target of £1500 has been exceeded.
Specialist law firm, Leigh Day have lent their weight to the community led campaign battling to stop the first new coal mine in decades in the UK. The CrowdJustice crowdfunding campaign page is raising funds to cover the cost of counsel providing a written opinion on potential grounds for a Judicial Review.
Those campaigning to stop the undersea coal mine off the Heritage Coast of St Bees which would extend to within 8km of Sellafield say they are delightedthat Leigh Day has agreed to help them if the coal mine is approved by Cumbria County Council in January 2018.
The Crowdjustice fund ensures that campaigners will still have a chance of stopping the coal mine plan if Cumbria County Council ignore the advice of Natural England, the National Trust, Coal Action Network, the Environment Agency, Colourful Coast Partnership, Friends of the Earth and others by agreeing to the plan when they meet in Kendal on 24th January .
Opponents of the plan include high profile environmentalists such as Jonathon Porritt who has said in his blog -in this instance, my mind keeps turning to a potential spoof-tweet from the Donald: “I am a big fan of coal and a big fan of nuclear. Putting the two of them together sounds GREAT!
Campaigners are planning a Christmas walk from Whitehaven to St Bees on the 7th December accompanied by Bernie the Polar Bear. Walkers will meet at The Beacon, Whitehaven 11am. The walk is a challenging cliff top trail of 6 miles along the magnificent St Bees coastline , the only place in England where Black Guillemots nest.
For more details on the campaign and quotes from all the organisations that oppose the plan – RSPB, Coal Action Network, Friends of the Earth, Natural England, the National Trust and Cumbrian campaigners from Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole – please visit the casepage at www.crowdjustice.com/case/keep-cumbrian-coal-in-the-hole.