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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The dust hasn’t settled, families are still reeling from the mass redundancies, communities are still trying to work out what the future holds for the massive holes in the ground and it seems that the vultures are circling in the form of Hargreaves Services Plc. Hargreaves are now one of the biggest coal companies in […]


Coal Action Scotland media release: for immediate use 24th April 2013 Media contact: 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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

Scottish Coal announce yet more redundancies as the smaller of their two shareholders de-lists from the stock market ATH Resources gets restructured and looks for a buy-out Its been a bad couple of weeks for the coal industry in Scotland – both of its big opencast producers, also the two biggest producers in the UK, […]

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