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 will be demolished) and cause untold environmental damage. Click here to submit your objection.
The Cauldhall application is the first of four planned in Scottish Coal’s “Forward Strategy” for Midlothian. As experience in other areas has shown, once they get their foot in the door more opencasts and extensions to existing ones always follow. It is vital that this application is defeated.
Scottish Coal have also just announced that they’re significantly downsizing – closing at least 4 mines, laying off 450 workers, and not working new sites until economic conditions improve. Why, then, would they be applying for such a massive mine in Midlothian? This Cauldhall application is deliberately huge as an attempt to make them look better for potential investors and to get them out of the hold they’re in. If it is worked, it will inevitably be left as a vast hole in the ground as the viability of the Scottish opencast industry is untenable in the long-term. As Scottish Coal admit in their application, there won’t be much of a market left by the end of their 10-year coaling period, as most of the UK’s coal-fired power stations are due to close in that time. This mine is all about short-term profit margins, and nothing about “sustainable job creation” or “security of energy supply”.
Please support Stop Cauldhall Opencast by sending in an objection.