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There’s just days to go until a week of action against opencast coal in the Douglas Valley – a place where the ruling class is crushing communities for their own financial gain, where ecological destruction is taking place on a massive scale for the profits of big energy companies and where absentee fat-cat land-lords make […]

In two weeks we’ll be setting up for 6 days of resistance to corporate rule in the Douglas Valley. We’ll be taking on the UK’s largest opencast coal mining company, landlord-aristocrat-banker Lord Home and South Lanarkshire Council – together they conspire to make a few people very wealthy, whilst communities are left disempowered, disenfranchised and […]

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There’s just less than a month to go before Take Back the Land! – the Douglas Valley’s action camp against opencast coal – and the struggle against corporate greed, fat-cat landlords and corrupt local government is heating up. We’ve got some good news: Scottish opencast operators are struggling to keep going as both of the […]

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In February and March of this year, Coal Action Scotland toured the UK with the Beehive Collective’s True Cost of Coal banner. The aims of the tour were several – to make links with other local groups by visiting them in different places around the UK, to raise greater awareness of the disastrous impacts of […]

Opencast coal mining in the Douglas Valley is about the ruling class destroying communities for their own financial gain. Its about ecological destruction on a massive scale for capitalism’s unquenchable thirst for cheap energy. Its about absentee fat-cat land-lords making millions off land that shouldn’t be theirs. Its about morally corrupt local (and national) government […]

We were delighted to hear last week that South Lanarkshire Council had decided to reject Pattersons Quarry’s application for a 3.3 million tonne sand and gravel mine in Coulter/Lamington (near Biggar) on the banks of the River Clyde. This is the second time that the application has been rejected, and incidentally they are the only […]

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We’re running out of metaphors – bending over backwards, like puppets on a string, lapdogs – it seems that everything coal-related that happens in the Douglas Valley involves South Lanarkshire Council going out of their way to accommodate Scottish Coal. It doesn’t matter whether its ignoring planning guidance, refusing to enforce conditions, or just plain […]

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In February and March we’ll be touring the UK to mobilise against Scottish Coal’s plans for a 4 million tonne opencast coal mine at Glentaggart East. This mine is one more of many that have ravaged the Douglas Valley over the years, and with South Lanarkshire Council once again approving a Scottish Coal mine despite […]

Glentaggart East: what’s next?

As was reported last month, South Lanarkshire Council approved Scottish Coal’s application to mine 4 million tonnes of coal from Glentaggart East in the Douglas Valley. Once again, the Council has excelled itself in using the planning system to give the developer, in this case Scottish Coal, what it wants. Despite hundreds of objections to […]

On 22nd December, two Bristol Rising Tide activists appeared at Lanark Sheriff’s Court to be sentenced following an action to stop work at the Mainshill open cast mine back in March 2011. The two were fined £400 each for aggravated trespass by Sheriff Stewart. They were part of a group who entered Scottish Coal’s Mainshill […]

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