New coal mine in west Cumbria given green light 

An artist’s impression of Woodhouse Colliery (Credit: West Cumbria Mining)

The usual tedious complaints from climate miserablists ignore the fact that the UK already imports coal from several countries, and steel-making depends on it.
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Cumbria County Council has approved an application to create a new coal mine off the county’s coast, reports ITV News.

Members of the authority’s Development, Control and Regulation Committee considered a revised application from developers West Cumbria Mining today.

Of the councillors in attendance 12 voted in favour of the application, three against and there were two abstentions.

The project, planned for a site near Whitehaven and will be the UK’s first deep coal mine in 30 years.

Committee chair Councillor Geoff Cook said:

Cumbria County Council’s Development Control and Regulation Committee has resolved to approve, through a majority vote, the application for West Cumbria Mining to create a metallurgical coal mine off the coast near Whitehaven subject to the completion of the section 106 legal agreement.”

He added:

This recommendation is still subject to the Secretary of State’s decision on whether to ‘call in’ the council’s position for them to make their own determination on the matter or hand it back to Cumbria County Council to confirm and subsequently publish the decision.”

The mine will produce metallurgical coal, which is used to produce steel.

Full report here.

via Tallbloke’s Talkshop

October 3, 2020 at 03:03AM

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