UK: Whitehaven Coal Mine Protestors Occupy Proposed Site
Sepember 3, 2023 - Environmental protesters have occupied the proposed site of the UK's first new major coal mine in decades.
The group, called Earth First, arrived in Whitehaven, Cumbria, on Tuesday and said it planned to stay for a week.
Plans for the mine were approved in December despite concerns about its impact on climate change.
Former mayor of Copeland Mike Starkie said the group should "clear off", stating there was "no viable alternative" to the proposed mine.
The Woodhouse Colliery scheme was finally signed off by the government at the back end of 2022, after years of back and forth which saw the plans stall after initial approval by Cumbria County Council.
Operator West Cumbria Mining says the extraction of millions of tonnes of coking coal for steel production will create 500 highly skilled local jobs, with up to 1,500 more in the supply chain.