Today’s Report in German Newspaper Taz ” Yes to Coal from Cumbria” 8km from Sellafield!


Many thanks to the German Newspaper Taz, so far the ONLY National/ International press to pick up on the reason why nuclear safety campaigners have been vehemently opposing the plan for Coal off the West Coast of Cumbria….Today nuclear safety campaigners Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole (a Radiation Free Lakeland campaign) were joined by Extinction Rebellion, South Lakes Action on Climate Change, West Cumbria Friends of the Earth, Scientists for Global Responsibility, a leading IPCC author and others…despite all the reasoned arguments against opening up a new deep coal mine, Cumbria County Councillors from Lib, Lab, Con unanimously said yes

This is the article from TAZ a German National Newspaper (note – translation from Google)

New coal mine in England

Yes to Coal from Cumbria

An authority approved the first coal mine Britain for 30 years. however, environmentalists want to challenge this

LONDON taz | The planning committee of the county Cumbria in northwest Britain has granted planning permission for the first new coal mine Britain for 30 years on Tuesday. The 200 million euro project by West Cumbria Mining wants to mine annually for 50 years up to 3.1 million tons of coal.

This is particularly severe Volatile coal to feed coke steel production abroad. The mining is largely planned under the seabed.   WCM say they will create long-term 500 jobs in an extremely poor region. This was for the local authority one of the main reasons for approving the project. 1986 saw the end in Cumbria of a centuries-long era of coal mining when the last mine closed

Unlike “thermal coal” coking coal is not burned in power plants for the production of heat and electricity, but required in steel production. While global demand for thermal coal at about 7.5 billion tons per year, is just over 1 billion tonnes of coking coal is mined – particularly in China (about 650 million tons) and Australia (about 200 million).

Britain, in turn, the motherland of coal utilization and industrial revolution, the use of thermal coal virtually ceased: Only 5 percent of  electricity moved into the United Kingdom after an analysis of the think tank “Carbon Brief” in 2018 from coal, a decrease of 87 percent over the last 5 years. 2025 should be an end to coal in the British Isles.


Opponents of the project announced that they would apply for a judicial review of the decision. The emission expert of the IPCC, Laurie Michaelis, believes that the future CO2 emissions from the processing of coal  can endanger thousands of lives. He had also put forward these assessments to the committee.

Actually, the UK wants to stop coal burning by 2025. The company claims it should not be affected because the extracted coal will not serve to produce energy. Michaelis said the mining company had claimed it would make no difference whether they or others mined coal.

“This argument is wrong,” Michaelis said. “More choice means more demand. They can not guarantee that the coal is used only for steel construction. It shows that we need a global rethink on the use of resources. “

In addition to concerns of nature and species protection, there are also high risk concerns by Cumbrians about the planned location of the Pow Beck Valley and St Bees Cumbrian coast.   This is only eight kilometers from the former nuclear reprocessing plant Sellafield.

There radioactive materials are still stored. In the cooling ponds at Sellafield and in the Irish Sea bed silts there are also up to 70-year-old deposits from the nuclear industry. Seismic ground motion or earthquake could have fatal consequences, say the opponents of the project.

But the planning committee based on the fact that the British Nuclear Safety Authority (Office for Nuclear Regulation  holds no responsibility because the future mine is located 500 meters outside its remit.

Should it come to build the plant despite campaigners pushing forward a legal review, it would also require that  more than 100 conditions of the British Environment Agency (EA) are met.  The EA demanded, for example, measures for the marine security, because in case of frequent floods in the region surrounding waters could be contaminated. “They will be undergoing many trials and tests,” Michaelis said.



What the UK press is saying about the diabolic decision today;

Deep Coal Mine Gets Go Ahead in Cumbria Despite Protests.

note the Guardian and the mighty Monbiot have done next to nothing to expose this plan which has been in the pipeline for years!  They aren’t alone 

New £165m coal mine in Cumbria ‘unanimously approved’ by councillors despite escalating climate change crisis

Maybe it would not have been unanimously approved if the UK press and environment journalists had done their job and told people what we (nuclear safety campaigners) have been telling them for years about this coal mine’s climate and nuclear double whammy!

Whitehaven Deep Coal Mine Plan moves a step closer.

The BBC what can I say – they have done a lot of damage in their promotion of this plan.

Am I annoyed…..Yes, more than I can say!

There has been a couple of honourable exceptions in the online media including….

Scisco Media: The China Connection: First Deep Coal Mine for 30 years

The Ecologist  : A new deep coal mine deep under the sea Next to Sellafield? Really?

Off Guardian: King Coal and Nuclear Heartland Hand in Hand





2 thoughts on “Today’s Report in German Newspaper Taz ” Yes to Coal from Cumbria” 8km from Sellafield!

  1. Martin

    We really are Dumbrians, I can’t believe they gave this the greenlight on a technicality that this is coal for steel making, so that makes it alright then. Like I said in my objection letter, coal will never be clean enough no matter what it is used for . A sad day for this Cumbrian Marra.

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