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Please support communities opposing opencast in Scotland by participating in this online action: The Scottish Government is currently consulting on new regulation for what they hope will “regulate restoration effectively”. But whilst they consult, Hargreaves are being allowed to mine under even less regulation and oversight than before the collapse of Scottish Coal and ATH […]

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A few years ago, who would have imagined that East Ayrshire Council would admit completely to its wrong doings over opencast coal, and even vote to begin disciplinary processes against its own employees? Well, that’s what’s happened, with the publication of the Mackinnon report and the Council adopting its findings last week.

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Last week news emerged that Hargreaves Services CEO Gordon Banham and Group Commercial Director Kevin Dougan pocketed £8.75 million between them through a sale of shares, supposedly for “long term tax planning” reasons. [1] Campaigners and community activists in Scotland have slammed what they see as a return to the days when Scottish Coal shareholders […]

PRESS RELEASE: SCOTTISH OPENCAST COMMUNITIES ALLIANCE (SOCA) For immediate release 13 September 2013 OPENCAST MINE CLEAN-UP COST ESTIMATES DOUBLE: “GOVERNMENT MUST ACT” SAYS COMMUNITY GROUP Communities affected by opencast mines have called on the government to act after it was revealed that the shortfall in funds for cleaning up abandoned mines in East Ayrshire has […]

The Scottish Opencast Communities Alliance (SOCA) has today published an open letter (posted below) to Energy Minister Fergus Ewing MSP, who last week refused to meet with the recently-formed group. The open letter calls for a full public investigation into the opencast coal industry, a moratorium on new developments, the immediate commencement of restoration work […]

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This morning, the East Ayrshire Council Cabinet will meet to discuss an initial report into the state of the opencast coal mining industry. The report, published yesterday by the Council, highlights publicly for the first time the scale of failings on the part of Scottish Coal and ATH Resources in fulfilling their obligations both to […]

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There once was a company called scottish coal. That screwed their workers onto the dole. They dug and dug and left big holes, Aw tae get a seam o coal. The countryside was nice and fresh, Now theyve left, its such a mess. Theyve put money into a bond, They r oot the game, weve […]

Coal Action Scotland media release: for immediate use 24th April 2013 Media contact: media@coalactionscotland.org.uk Scottish Coal ask courts to allow them to walk away from opencast sites as Hargreaves directors set up Restoration Trust on Energy Minister’s behalf Campaigners are outraged by what they say is a despicable petition to the Court of Session in […]

Whilst a lot has happened in the past few days – secret meetings for MSPs, the liquidation of the UK’s largest opencast operator – a picture of the deal that Fergus Ewing and Russel Griggs are trying to strike to save the opencast industry is increasingly coming to light. Announcements of a new trust for […]

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Documents submitted to South Lanarkshire Council have shown that Scottish Coal are requesting an extension and alteration of the planning application for the highly controversial opencast coal mine at Mainshill. Throughout its history, this mine has faced significant objection and resistance from local communities; in part because of its proximity to the local Lady Home […]

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»Tell the Scottish Government: Opencast moratorium and public inquiry now!
02/17/2014«
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02/03/2014«
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11/19/2013«
»No opencast in Midlothian! Support campaign to stop massive new mine
11/16/2013«
»“No different to Scottish Coal” say campaigners as Hargreaves bosses pocket £8.75 million
10/27/2013«
»Opencast Mine Clean-up Cost Estimates Double: “Government must act” says community group
09/14/2013«
»¡No Pasaran! Stop the forced eviction of villagers to make way for British-owned mine!
08/27/2013«
»Open letter calls for coal mine moratorium and public inquiry as Energy Minister refuses to meet impacted communities
06/24/2013«
»The restoration bombshell has finally been dropped
05/24/2013«

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