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Scottish Coal have just announced 450 redundancies in the company, taking the workforce down to 300, a closure of its headquarters and the mothballing or closure of all but two of its 9 mines in Scotland. The company has said: “in the absence of new investment and urgent stakeholder support there is a high probability […]

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Scottish Coal announce yet more redundancies as the smaller of their two shareholders de-lists from the stock market ATH Resources gets restructured and looks for a buy-out Its been a bad couple of weeks for the coal industry in Scotland – both of its big opencast producers, also the two biggest producers in the UK, […]

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Two people are currently occupying the conveyor tower at Scottish Coal’s Ravenstruther Rail Terminal in South Lanarkshire to prevent coal from being loaded onto freight trains and being transported to Drax Coal Fired Power Station in Yorkshire. The action started at 5am this morning – a banner reading “Coal Kills” was unfurled on the conveyor […]

On the 12th July we squatted Scottish Coal’s new opencast site in the Douglas Valley at Glentaggart East for a week-long action camp. Folk came from all over to stand in solidarity with local people and to stop the destruction and injustice of opencast coal mining. The film below documents a few of the actions […]

A week ago today the last of the camp was taken down and participants at Take Back the Land! were saying goodbye for now to our site on the edge of 350ha of bog and wet heath moorland – the proposed new Glentaggart East site. The camp was occupied on the evening of the 10th […]

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Earlier today activists from Take Back the Land! visited Lord Home’s mansion in the Douglas Valley and opencasted his garden, hoping to bring the issues closer to home for him. Lord Home owns Mainshill and all of Glentaggart East which is currently being occupied by an action camp. Of course only some of the things […]

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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 […]

At 10:00 this morning a group of 45 activists invaded Scottish Coal’s Mainshill Open Cast Coal Site near Douglas, South Lanarkshire, and shut it down for the day. Machines including a “prime mover” were occupied and all work was stopped completely. This is the first action at Take Back the Land! – the action camp […]

With Take Back the Land! up and running and fully-functional, we’re looking ahead to tomorrow’s mass action against the devastation of opencast coal in the Douglas Valley. Come down to the camp and get involved! Much more information here: http://takebacktheland.org.uk/ international

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Yesterday evening we occupied Scottish Coal’s new opencast mine site in the Douglas Valley for Take Back the Land! – a week of action against the destruction of opencast mining. The camp will run until the 18th July and there will be a mass action on Saturday 14th July. There’s detailed directions to the camp […]

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