Whitehaven, Cumbria Green light for coal

 

Whitehaven, Cumbria Green light for coal
Robert Jenrick, the Communities Secretary, has declined to challenge the building of a controversial new deep coal mine in Whitehaven – the first facility of its kind to gain planning approval in 30 years. Cumbria Council gave its blessing to plans put forward by West Cumbria Mining (WCM) last year, but under planning laws, the Government has the right to reverse the decision. Yet despite opposition from environmental groups and local Lib Dem MP Tim Farron, Jenrick confirmed last week that he would not intervene. WCM says the mine will extract 2.5 million tonnes of coal a year and create 500 jobs, but Friends of the Earth’s Tony Bosworth claims the “jaw-dropping” decision will totally undermine the UK’s credibility at the UN climate summit to be held in Glasgow later this year. “Global leadership on the climate emergency means leaving coal in the ground,” he said.

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