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Whitehaven West Cumbria Coal Mine Opponents Stage Demonstration

Coal News - Published on Fri, 14 Feb 2020

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Campaigners opposed to plans for the UK's first new deep coal mine in three decades have been staging a protest. West Cumbria Mining has proposed to extract coking coal from the seabed off St Bees for processing at Whitehaven's former Marchon chemical works site. Dozens of campaigners concerned about the environmental impact lobbied county councillors outside the Kendal office. Extinction Rebellion Cumbria said: "The proposed coal mine will emit 8.4 million tonnes of CO2 each year, equivalent to the emissions of more than one million households. And the extraction is projected to continue for 50 years - 20 years beyond the date by which the government has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions (2050)."

Cumbria County Council which approved the plan said its decision was subject to a judicial review. Cumbria County Council said in a statement: "We understand that this is a matter of significant interest to the public and one upon which people will have strong views. Unfortunately it is not possible to comment on any aspect of the West Cumbria Mining decision as it is currently subject to an ongoing legal process known as judicial review."

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 14 Feb 2020
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