Cumbria coal mine: Public inquiry after government U-turn

Posted: March 12, 2021 by oldbrew in alarmism, bbcbias, climate, government, News
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A Government cave-in to the climate obsessives, with the writer of the BBC report below well to the fore, looks inevitable now.
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A public inquiry has been announced into plans for the first new deep coal mine in the UK for decades, reports BBC News.

The government had previously decided not to intervene on the project near Whitehaven in Cumbria, which was in the hands of local officials.

But ministers have taken control because of “increased” controversy.

Green campaigners say the mine will increase carbon emissions and send the wrong signal in the run-up to a UK-hosted climate conference in October.

The Woodhouse Colliery would extract coking coal for the steel industry from the seabed off St Bees, with a processing plant on the former Marchon site at Kells.

Cumbria County councillors gave it the go-ahead last March – but have since decided to review the application.

Last month it was reported that the government’s climate tsar, Alok Sharma, was apoplectic the plans for the coal mine had not been stopped.

Mr Sharma, who is in charge of preparations for the COP26 UN climate conference, has faced calls to resign over the issue.

He told MPs only last month that the mine was a “local issue” and would be decided by the council.

But the government has now decided to “call in” the application, meaning Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick will get the final say over it.

‘Cloud cuckoo land’

However a public inquiry will first be held by the Planning Inspectorate, which reviews nationally significant projects.

In a letter to Cumbria County Council, Mr Jenrick said the application had raised issues of “more than local importance”.

MP Trudy Harrison, whose Copeland constituency would include the mine, is a ministerial aide to Boris Johnson and has described opponents of the mine as being in “cloud cuckoo land”.

Ms Harrison has yet to comment on the decision to hold an inquiry, but the Tory MP for nearby Workington, Mark Jenkinson, said his disappointment “cannot be understated”.

He said it represented “a capitulation to climate alarmists” and was a “complete reversal of the position taken just eight weeks ago”.

Full report here.

  1. saighdear says:

    Oh? thocht it was a done-deal despite Boris’ excuses at the time to allow it. “Immer hin” why not coal – CO2 not causing global warming. and referring to german speaking tv progs last night – must have been theme day / week – so many Docus against Nuclear and FOR wind – BUT their IMAGES of STEAM from the chimneys & cooling towers portrayed as CO2, the argument against CO2 or Nuclear paled into insignificance as they discussed the eforts of their neighbours: France & Poland with Nuclear and COAL ….. Too much Spin and not enough EDUCATION is the problem : Conformity and not morality ?

  2. ilma630 says:

    When will the UK govt remember that its first duty is to the UK and its citizens and *NOT* to other countries.

  3. JB says:

    “the application had raised issues of ‘more than local IMPOTENCE’”….

  4. oldbrew says:

    China’s leaders must be getting a chuckle out of this “shall we/shan’t we” pantomime.

    China’s Coal-Fired Energy Production Jumps by 30 Gigawatts Despite Net-Zero Carbon Pledge
    ‘We aim to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060…’
    March 9, 2021

  5. Coeur de Lion says:

    India has recently announced plans for 32 coal mines and an astonishing tonnage of coal by 2030 when their energy production will surpass the EU

  6. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Just dig the coal out and make some money. Jail the greentards.

  7. ivan says:

    It appears that Princess Nut-Nut strikes again – she obviously has BoJo by the balls.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Where’s the BBC campaign against massively subsidised CO2-spewing biomass plants like Drax?

    Former IPCC expert says wood pellet burning is creating a ‘big carbon debt…

  9. oldbrew says:


    Cumbria Mining Debacle A Teaser Of The Net-Zero Crisis, GWPF Warns

    The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF) has warned Boris Johnson that the debacle surrounding the government’s mishandling of the Cumbrian mining project is just a foretaste of the crisis and public backlash his government will face as a result of its Net-Zero agenda.
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    Push to be green destroys UK jobs and offshores problem to mega polluter China
    Mar 13, 2021

    The Cumbria mine, we are told, “sends the wrong message” ahead of the COP26 UN climate summit in Glasgow this year. Indeed, cancelling might make for good messaging to the international Green elite, but it will harm jobs for struggling British workers and could make the environment worse. The project is essential for UK steel-making (the coking coal is used for steel production rather than power generation) and without it, mining jobs simply move to Russia where factories are far more polluting.

    Pricing or bullying heavy industry out of the UK, along with its jobs, is seen merely as a minor nuisance on the road to ‘net zero’.

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