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In a little publicised parliamentary debate earlier this month, SNP MSPs Adam Ingram and Fergus Ewing (Energy Minister) chose sides – and needless to say they chose the mining companies and not the communities who have to put up with them. Adam Ingram, still stuck in the noughties, claimed that Scotland’s several centuries worth of […]


A few years ago a massive new coal-fired power station construction programme was announced, involving 7 new ones and the first to be built in the UK for 30 years. Since then, not a single one has gone ahead, with some like Kingsnorth in Kent being put on hold indefinitely, the replacement of Cockenzie in […]

Under the somewhat unlikely title of “Government reaffirms commitment to CCS”, the Department of Energy and Climate Change finally had to admit in their press release that they’re stopping funding for the Longannet Carbon Capture pilot project. Reading between the lines, what is clear is that the £1 billion set aside for CCS at Longannet […]

Scotland’s 3 coal-fired power stations – one online (Longannet), one ready to be decommissioned (Cockenzie) and one in the pipe-line (Hunterston) are all making headlines, for very different, and all the wrong reasons. This week campaigners lost a legal challenge against the proposed and hugely unpopular Hunterston coal-fired power station, ScottishPower announced that their flagship […]


Colin Ortlepp (Scottish Coal Planning Director) and the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) swapped hand shakes and smiles today as they welcomed a flock of sheep onto the Fife Earth Project, part of the restoration of the St Ninians open cast site in Fife. The restoration plan is possibly the biggest cover-up Scottish Coal has so […]


After SRG (Scottish Resources Group) pulled out of their IPO (initial public offerings, or stock market flotation) at the last minute in June, and seemed to be delaying until next year, the latest is that they’re putting off plans indefinitely because of value concerns. Palmaris Capital, a major shareholder in SRG revealed that potential investors […]

For the first time in Scotland, a major mining company has been fined for flouting environmental law. ATH Resources, the UK’s 3rd largest mining company producing 2 million tonnes a year from 5 open cast sites in East Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway and Fife has come under fire for imposing unwanted mines on communities, and […]

An STUC press statement issued on July 5th outlines their support for plans to build a new coal-fired power station at Hunterson, angering local residents and community-based campaign CONCH. This brings the list of supporters of this power station to two – multi-billion pound Peel (owners of Ayrshire Power) and the STUC. Hunterson coal-fired power […]


A Scottish Government news release has listed Douglas & Angus Estates, the company repsonsible for Lord Home’s land and at the centre of the battle over an open cast coal mine at Mainshill Wood, as one of 16 winners of grants totalling £1.1 million from the Scottish Biomass Heat Scheme. This grant is awarded to […]


It was revealed last week that the application submitted to the Energy Consents Unit by Ayrshire Power (100% Peel owned) for a new coal-fired power station on Scotland’s West Coast, is riddled with errors mostly to do with its estimated captured carbon emissions and imports to the Clydeport coal terminal (also owned by Peel). With […]

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