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Huntington Lane has just released information that it is currently being evicted by the National Eviction team. People are resisting the eviction and occupying tunnels and a tower. The protest site’s communique reads: The national eviction team came onto site this morning and escorted support crew off and are busily taking down ground structures. Unfortunately […]

Yesterday, the House of Commons saw a debate on the private members bill to introduce a 500m buffer zone between opencast mines and residents domiciles, proposed by North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen. Despite having the support of over 20 cross-party MPs and the fact that Scottish and Welsh parliaments have already ruled in favor […]

The Minorca Opencast Protest Group has produced research showing the current and possible future locations for opencast coal mining in England. In all it identifies 23 current sites and 43 potential sites, including sites in Co Durham, Northumberland and Gateshead. The research has been produced to support the arguments for the 500 Metre Buffer Zone […]


The Shropshire anti-coal site at Huntington Lane was set up in April this year to defend the site against UK coal’s plans to mine the huge site set in thousands of hectares of beautiful woodland in the heart of Shropshire’s beautiful countryside. service

Scottish Coal and UK Coal are finalising plans for the sale of Blair Farm OCCS in Fife, with Scottish Coal using its expected £25 million cash generated from its flotation on the stock market to buy the mine off rivals/partners in crime UK Coal. UK Coal are selling the site near Oakley to lower their […]

It was revealed yesterday that the debt-beleaguered UK Coal is entering the final stages of negotiations to sell its Blair Farm open cast site near Oakley in Fife, with negotiations expected to end this month. It is expected that Scottish Coal will buy the mine, adding to its 9 currently active sites in Scotland.

The latest Earth First! Action Update is out with lots of great information, stories and action reports from the struggle against opencast, as well as much more from campaigns throughout the UK and globally. The following article was featured as part of a special on protest sites: Using experience, tactics and lessons learned from the […]


The Black Wood Solidarity Camp packed up last night and left the site of UK Coal’s new mine at Blair Farm, in Fife. The camp occupied the site for a week and a half to show UK Coal and other mine operators that no new mine or coal infrastructure is safe and out of reach […]

Hours after the Black Wood Solidarity Camp successfully pushed back its eviction hearing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court this afternoon, members of the National Eviction Team including Martin Leyshon, Head of Resources, visited the site to document its defences and presumably to begin the process of evicting the camp. tour

The press release below is the latest from from The Minorca Opencast Protest Group in Leicestershire and was published yesterday. The group are also opposing a UK Coal planning application and sent this in response to a recent Indymedia post as a message of support to the Black Wood Solidarity Camp.

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