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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 […]

“In light of Scottish Coal’s poor trading and financial position, we have had to cease trading with immediate effect,” -Blair Nimmo, joint provisional liquidator and head of restructuring at KPMG in Scotland. Scottish Coal, the UK’s biggest coal producer, has announced today that they are entering administration. Due to recent “significant cash flow pressures” they […]


The long awaited but closely guarded briefing to MSPs by Professor Russel Griggs and Energy Minister Fergus Ewing took place in the Scottish Parliament today. Despite countless attempts to find details of this briefing – none of which were made publicly available – and after numerous requests to meet with Griggs and MSPs privy to […]

It has recently emerged that Fergus Ewing MSP, the SNP government’s Energy Minister, has been holding secret talks with Scottish Coal to find solutions to the cmpany’s financial difficulties, which currently see it in the hands of its bankers Lloyds TSB. As part of these talks the government has been consulting industry deregulation guru Professor […]

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 […]

Stop Cauldhall Opencast are calling for objections to be submitted to Midlothian Council against Scottish Coal’s plans for a massive 10 million tonne mine, which is the largest application in the UK for some time. Cauldhall will impact significantly on the lives of the people living around it (and in it – a family home […]


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 […]

The Scottish Environmental Protection Association has helped Scottish Coal over its final hurdle to starting work on its 3.4 million tonne Loch Fitty extension of St Ninnians opencast coal site. This extension is truly shocking – it will involve draining a 170ha loch and subjecting a community that has lived next to the mine for […]

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 […]

ATH Resources entered administration last week after its spiraling debt was called in by it’s financiers. The financial company responsible for this, Better Capital, have stated that they are ready to invest £15 million in the ATH and the subsidiary that actually does the mining, Aardvark TMC, but at a price. Their money would only […]


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