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Anti-open cast residents of the Douglas Valley were subjected to the same old lies from South Lanarkshire Council (SLC) and Scottish Coal in the most recent Poniel and Mainshill Open Casts Community Liaison Meetings, both held on 27th April 2010. With it being practically impossible to distinguish members of SLC from Scottish Coal, the meetings […]

Cockenzie Coal-Fired Power Station, the dirtiest power station in Europe and a scar on the East Lothian coast line, is due to close in 2015. ScottishPower had hoped to re-build it, or retrofit it, making it one of up to 7 new coal-fired power stations to be built in the UK. However, those plans quickly […]


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 […]

Mainshill Solidarity Camp Media Release Mainshill protesters broke their silence yesterday over repeated violent assaults by contractors and staff of Douglas and Angus Estates. They have amassed documentary evidence of violent assaults by contractors, and of life-threatening sabotage by Estate staff. Protesters also went out of their way to reject last week’s Estate accusations of […]

The past weekend saw numbers swell at the Mainshill Solidarity Camp, with people traveling from far and wide to support the ongoing struggle to stop Scottish Coal opencasting Mainshill Wood. The number of people occupying the site reached numbers seen at Mainshill when the Camp for Climate Action set up on the site in August, […]

October Newsletter out now!

Four months resisiting Scottish Coal, action, sabotage, public meetings, corrupt MPs and coal victories accross the UK – the Mainshill Solidarity Camp October Newsletter has it all. Click here to download. marketing


Over 90 people attended the public meeting held in Douglas on Wednesday 23rd Septemeber to hear evidence for the devastating effects that opencasting has on the health of near-by communities. While some of the solutions proposed by Dr. Van Steenis were not the soluions the community is looking for (such as moving the village), the […]

The latest edition of the Coal Health Study [1], compiled by Douglas residents fighting plans for a new opencast coal mine at Mainshill Wood [2] in South Lanarkshire, reveals the extent to which prolonged exposure to coal mining in the Douglas Valley has affected the health of surrounding communities. research

The latest and most comprehensive edition of the Coal Health Study developed in Douglas as part of the campaign to stop an open cast at Mainshill Wood has been released and is being distributed widely. Download a copy here. information

Wednesday 23rd September, 19:00, St. Bride’s Centre, Douglas with Dr. Dick Van Steenis & unveiling the results of the Coal Health Study Since the Camp for Climate Action in Mainshill Wood, community activists have been working hard to expose the real and devastating health impacts to local communities of open cast coal mining. Since a […]


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