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“You’ve got no idea what’s coming.” – Shouted in the chamber after the final vote was cast The most truthful statement made at the decision making hearing. Some were angry, some were sad, some showed despair, some showed steely eyed determination that they will stop this despite the decision. No-one was surprised. Hargreaves took over […]

As we reported, the new Scottish Mines Restoration Trust was set up just before Scottish Coal went into liquidation. It’s two directors were also directors of Hargreaves Services, a coal company from England. Well, this week it’s all change as tho two directors, Iain Cockburn and Steve MacQuarrie, both had their directorships terminated on the […]


“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 […]


Sabotage at Powharnal OCCS

The following was posted on Indymedia Scotland this morning. At some point over the past weekend multiple items of plant machinery at an extension to the Powharnal open cast coal site in East Ayrshire were put beyond working use. High value targets including a prime mover and bulldozer were also targeted to cause maximum disruption […]

Dates: Sat/Sun 27/28th April 2013 Location: MERCi, Manchester, UK Website: E-mail: The Extreme Energy Gathering will bring together diverse campaigns and communities that are resisting extreme energy extraction methods for a weekend of networking, strategising and sharing of skills and knowledge. All welcome!

“In the absence of new investment and urgent stakeholder support there is a high probability that SRG will be unable to continue.” That’s what Scottish Coal had to say to their workers this week, when they announced the biggest reduction in the UK coal industry for over a decade. This tactical retreat will reduce Scottish […]


Since the 7th of February, work has been stopped at the Cerrejon mine, one of the largest open cast coal mines in the world, which is operated by Carbones del Cerrejon Ltd. Since last November, the union Sintracarbon has led the struggle of its members to get the mining company, which is owned by the […]


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 […]

ATH Resources goes into Administration

Scotlands second largest open cast coal company bit the dust today. ATH Resources, based in Doncaster England but with all it’s mining operations in Scotland, suspended its shares this afternoon, then two hours later called in the administrators. Their financial backer, Jon Moulton’s Better Capital, called in its loans after watching the value of the […]

  Throughout the past few weeks coal miners in northern Spain have been on strike demanding a halt to austerity measures imposed by the right wing government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The cuts are targeting subsidies for Spanish coal which miners say will destroy their entire industry effecting 8,000 workers in over 40 operational […]


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