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This morning Broken Cross opencast site in the Douglas Valley was blockaded for an hour and a half before Scottish Coal workers lifted three people in heavy concrete lock-ons out of the road, all overseen by Inspector Whip (photographed) of Strathclyde Police. This isn’t the first time that Inspector Whip has hurt people by lifting […]

Julio Cesar Gomez, President of FECODEMIGUA, the Federation of Communities Displaced by Mining in La Guajira, recently visited Scotland to exchange stories of resisting coal extraction, and to rally support for his communities efforts to stop the expansion of the world’s largest open cast coal mine, El Cerrejón, in Colombia. Longannet Coal Fired Power Station, […]

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 […]

Today it has been revealed by Indymedia UK and The Guardian that corporate spies have been monitoring environmental activist groups on behalf of companies across the UK. While not surprising in the slightest, it is interesting to note that the Scottish Resource Group has been employing their services. On the 22nd of July 2010 Rebecca […]

Early evening on Sunday 12th September a group of autonomous individuals successfully occupied a new site in Happendon Wood, South Lanarkshire! Coal Action Scotland are inviting people to join The Happendon Wood Action Camp (THWAC) to help defend the wood from destruction by Scottish Coal, and to take action in solidarity with communities in the […]

The search for the final miners caught in a deep mine in Siberia has been called off, as blasts caused 66 deaths. Since then, two more workers are missing in another mine collapse in a neighbouring mine, and the coal mine boss is set to have criminal charges filed against him. The blasts sparked demonstrations […]

East Lothian Councillors voted 12 to 6 to oppose ScottishPower’s plans to upgrade Europe’s dirtiest power station from coal to gas, despite the council’s own environment director recommending an approval. Scottish ministers will make the final decision on the plans after a public inquiry.

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 […]

As expected, Scottish Coal submitted their application for a new open cast coal mine at Airfield Farm, Cousland, in Midlothian last week. This comes despite huge pressure from communities and campaigners on the company and Scottish Ministers over the health impacts of open cast mining and the environmental impacts of both mining and buring coal. […]


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