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UK Government Reconsidering West Cumbria Coking Coal Mining Plans

Coal News - Published on Wed, 07 Oct 2020

Image Source: Cumbrian Metallurgical Coal Project
British media reported that after local authorities in Cumbria in the northwest of England granted planning approval to the Woodhouse Colliery coking coal last week, UK government has intervened, saying it needed more time to consider whether to review the application, a move that could lead to the approval being overruled and that The Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick may intervene. Last week, Jenrick’s department wrote to Marianne Birkby, the claimant in a judicial review case with the West Cumbria Mining operator, to indicate the Secretary of State may call in the decision for a rethink, should it gain county council approval as expected this week.

Project's developer West Cumbria Mining plans to extract and process around 2.7 million tonnes of metallurgical coal per year, to be used in UK and European steel production. Initial site work was slated to begin early next year, with production to follow 18 months after the start of construction. The GBP 160 million project has found support from local politicians, largely because it is expected to create 500 jobs, but unsurprisingly has drawn criticism from environmental groups, who have questioned how the project fits with the UK's plan to be carbon neutral by 2050.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 07 Oct 2020
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