Counting on … day 1.108

2nd May  2023

The UK’s largest opencast coal mine is to close after an extension to keep it running was rejected.

The Ffos-y-Fran mine, near Merthyr Tydfil, must now stop after 16 years of excavation. The original planning consent had allowed mining to take place up until September 2022 and the campaign  group Coal Action Network had already raised concerns that mining had continued. The mine owners had applied for an extension  until 2024, arguing coal from the mine was needed by the steel industry. But planning officials advised that the proposed extension did not fit with Welsh government policies on tackling climate change, and the application was rejected.

 For more info see the BBC website.

If local campaigners had not pursued this issue, would change have happened?

Author: Judith Russenberger

Environmentalist and theologian, with husband and three grown up children plus one cat, living in London SW14. I enjoy running and drinking coffee - ideally with a friend or a book.

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