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This morning Broken Cross opencast site in the Douglas Valley was blockaded for an hour and a half before Scottish Coal workers lifted three people in heavy concrete lock-ons out of the road, all overseen by Inspector Whip (photographed) of Strathclyde Police. This isn’t the first time that Inspector Whip has hurt people by lifting […]

  Throughout the past few weeks coal miners in northern Spain have been on strike demanding a halt to austerity measures imposed by the right wing government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The cuts are targeting subsidies for Spanish coal which miners say will destroy their entire industry effecting 8,000 workers in over 40 operational […]


The SNP have today challenged the labour government for delays in paying compensation to miners suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) which resulted in over 2,000 Scottish miners dieing before their payments were processed. Throughout the UK almost 18,000 miners died before their compensation was paid because of labour’s legal challenge to the mining […]

The search for the final miners caught in a deep mine in Siberia has been called off, as blasts caused 66 deaths. Since then, two more workers are missing in another mine collapse in a neighbouring mine, and the coal mine boss is set to have criminal charges filed against him. The blasts sparked demonstrations […]


With a take-over bid for the UK’s largest coal mining company, the finance behind soon-to-be applied for Hunterston coal-fired power station and control of Scotland’s coal ports, Peel is consolidating its position as a major financier of new coal. address

We wrote about Underground Coal Gassification (UCG) a while ago, but it’s back in the news again, this time with a shiny new company behind it, Clean Coal Ltd. Now, we’ve heard governments, mining companies and power companies say “clean coal” instead of “coal” to make us believe that it’s different just because they’ve changed […]


NUM Loses Coal Mine Surface Dust Fight

The National Union of Mineworkers has ended its legal battle for justice for mine workers who suffered lung disease as a result of working at the surface of coal mines.  The NUM cites the horrendous and dusty conditions in surface washeries, screens and coal preparation plants as the suspected cause of so many surface workers […]

Solution found: Burn it Underground?

No, is the short answer. Underground Coal Gassification (UCG), like all other Clean Coal technologies, is a technofix reliant more on suave greenwashing than on tested science. But, with companies such as Thornton New Energy, research bodies, ministers and local councils pushing ahead with it, it needs to be exposed for what it really is: […]


Four coal miners were killed and two injured on Saturday 14th February in an accident at a mine in central Colombia, one of the country’s worst such incidents in months, an official said. She said an explosion of gases was the likely cause of the accident at the small mine in the province of Boyaca. […]

As if the dozens of new open cast coal mines in Scotland weren’t enough to ensure a fiery future for our dying planet, attention has now turned to deep mining once again, which hasn’t happened in Scotland since the last deep mine closed in 2002.


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