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Please support communities opposing opencast in Scotland by participating in this online action: The Scottish Government is currently consulting on new regulation for what they hope will “regulate restoration effectively”. But whilst they consult, Hargreaves are being allowed to mine under even less regulation and oversight than before the collapse of Scottish Coal and ATH […]

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The first new mine application since the collapse of the Scottish coal industry and take-over by vultures Hargreaves has been recommended for approval, despite no changes being made to the system that allowed Scottish Coal and ATH Resources to walk away and wipe their hands of their sites and responsibilities. The Planning Officer’s report issued […]

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PRESS RELEASE: SCOTTISH OPENCAST COMMUNITIES ALLIANCE (SOCA) For immediate release 13 September 2013 OPENCAST MINE CLEAN-UP COST ESTIMATES DOUBLE: “GOVERNMENT MUST ACT” SAYS COMMUNITY GROUP Communities affected by opencast mines have called on the government to act after it was revealed that the shortfall in funds for cleaning up abandoned mines in East Ayrshire has […]

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Cerrejon Coal and the Colombian courts are threatening to evict indigenous and afro-descendent villagers at Roche, in the northern province of La Guajira, on Thursday 29 August. They want to expand their massive opencast mine. From the London Mining Network: Cerrejon Coal is owned by three mega mining multinationals listed on the London Stock Exchange […]

The Scottish Opencast Communities Alliance (SOCA) has today published an open letter (posted below) to Energy Minister Fergus Ewing MSP, who last week refused to meet with the recently-formed group. The open letter calls for a full public investigation into the opencast coal industry, a moratorium on new developments, the immediate commencement of restoration work […]

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This morning, the East Ayrshire Council Cabinet will meet to discuss an initial report into the state of the opencast coal mining industry. The report, published yesterday by the Council, highlights publicly for the first time the scale of failings on the part of Scottish Coal and ATH Resources in fulfilling their obligations both to […]

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Documents submitted to South Lanarkshire Council have shown that Scottish Coal are requesting an extension and alteration of the planning application for the highly controversial opencast coal mine at Mainshill. Throughout its history, this mine has faced significant objection and resistance from local communities; in part because of its proximity to the local Lady Home […]

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Stop Cauldhall Opencast are calling for objections to be submitted to Midlothian Council against Scottish Coal’s plans for a massive 10 million tonne mine, which is the largest application in the UK for some time. Cauldhall will impact significantly on the lives of the people living around it (and in it – a family home […]

The Scottish Environmental Protection Association has helped Scottish Coal over its final hurdle to starting work on its 3.4 million tonne Loch Fitty extension of St Ninnians opencast coal site. This extension is truly shocking – it will involve draining a 170ha loch and subjecting a community that has lived next to the mine for […]

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Things just keep on getting worse for Scotland’s two big opencast operators – Scottish Coal have been forced to close their Blair Farm site in Fife (occupied for two weeks by Coal Action Scotland in 2010) because of their poor financial position, and ATH Resources’ share price fell 50% despite £15 million of its debt […]

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»Tell the Scottish Government: Opencast moratorium and public inquiry now!
02/17/2014«
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11/19/2013«
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11/16/2013«
»“No different to Scottish Coal” say campaigners as Hargreaves bosses pocket £8.75 million
10/27/2013«
»Opencast Mine Clean-up Cost Estimates Double: “Government must act” says community group
09/14/2013«
»¡No Pasaran! Stop the forced eviction of villagers to make way for British-owned mine!
08/27/2013«
»Open letter calls for coal mine moratorium and public inquiry as Energy Minister refuses to meet impacted communities
06/24/2013«
»The restoration bombshell has finally been dropped
05/24/2013«

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