Druridge Bay Saved from Opencast Coal Mining

Druridge Bay Saved from Opencast Coal Mining at South Beach Radio - News & Views for Blyth, Northumberland
jess - Reporter at South Beach Radio
Written 1 month ago by Jess Keller

Plans for an Opencast coal mine at Druridge Bay have been rejected.
 
According to Coal Action Network, the Secretary of State has turned down an application from local mining company "Banks Group" to extract 2.8 million tonnes of thermal coal from Highthorn - a mine located behind the dunes of Druridge Bay.
 
Local Group, "Save Druridge", have fought against this application for several years.

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Coal Action Network who also opposed the operation said:
 
"After a long fight this is an incredible result. Coal is a filthy fuel, despite what Banks Group say, the coal lying here is not coking coal, which is used in steel making."
 
Members of the "Save Druridge" Facebook page celebrated the victory. Contributer, Clare Andrews wrote:
 
"So grateful to everyone who campaigned and protested and wrote objections. This is fabulous news for my favourite North East beach and for my home planet."

Banks Group Defend The Mining Operation

Banks Group Defend The Mining Operation at South Beach Radio - News & Views for Blyth, Northumberland

The Banks Group, who are based in County Durham, have recently posted to defend the plans:

"Our Highthorn mine is a popular target for protestors – who claim they must ‘save Druridge Bay’. This is misleading, our plans are more than 500m away from any beach and will be fully restored following works."

Their website details the plans for Highthorn, and the reasons they are perusing coal - whom many consider a dated and dirty fossil fuel.

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