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Latest: March 20, 2020

'Carbon Border Tax' Report Author is Coal Mine Lobbyist

Old King Coal Dug a Great Big Hole 

and said:

No Worries, its Carbon Free.  

The Coal is for Steel

And we've made a Deal 

.......(to be continued)

THANK YOU to all who have donated so fa…

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We are raising funds to challenge the outrageous decision to open the first deep coal mine in the UK in 30 years. We've been fighting for years and we need your support now more than ever. 

Funds have previously been generously donated which has provided for expert advice and letters questioning Cumbria County Council's flawed decision from specialist law firm Leigh Day.  

Now we need to up the ante and raise enough funds to cover the costs of a full legal challenge. We can't do it without your help. If you believe that the UK doesn't need another coal mine will you contribute now and share this page with your friends, family and on social media? 

If this coal mine is not stopped the carbon emissions alone would be likely to result over its lifetime to one full year of UK national emissions.  This is crazy given that the UK government has declared a climate emergency.

Not only would this coal mine produce 9 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year but the plan is to extend mining activity under the Irish Sea to within 5 miles of Sellafield.  

Fracking has just been halted because of earthquake fears. So to engage in literally undermining the Irish Sea near the most dangerous nuclear site in the world is reckless beyond belief. 

The results of induced seismic events of any magnitude at the worlds riskiest nuclear waste site could be catastrophic on a planetary scale.  

There are so many reasons to oppose this coal mine plan from climate catastrophe to nuclear catastrophe.  That is why we are campaigning hard to stop the plan.  

There are a million potential green jobs so what on earth does this coal mine think it is?  It  is a dangerous backwards step and that was said by an ex miner we met in Workington.

How much are we raising and why? 

Any money no matter how small you can give to help us achieve this will go direct to the legal challenge. We want to bring a judicial review which can spiral in costs so we are raising as much as we can. Starting with £5k to get the action started we then need to raise more. All donations will go direct to the legal challenge. 

If you cannot donate then please do share this call out and spread the word that the coal mine is very far from a done deal, we will not let this go.

THANK YOU to all those groups and individuals who have put their shoulders to the wheel in fighting this coal mine.  The battle continues...with YOUR help!   

Find out more about our campaign here 


DOUBLE WHAMMY: The author of the widely read paper Deep Adaptation points to the very real danger of human extinction from nuclear catastrophes due to societal collapse as a result of climate chaos.  However nuclear catastrophes have all taken place in highly organised societies which have made bad decisions. This coal mine must rate as the worst decision yet.

QUESTIONS UNANSWERED:  Cumbria County Council have brushed away questions asked on our behalf by lawyers Leigh Day on emissions and the ‘need’ for coking coal for steel .  

'NEED' FOR COKING COAL FOR STEEL?   The UK government has just made a committment to decarbonse the steel industry.  There is no 'need' for coking coal and certainly no justification to open a new mine.

MIDDLINGS COAL:  As well as coking coal the mine’s output would include up to 15% of ‘middlings’ coal, this could be regarded as a development in itself but the developers have got away with calling it a ‘byproduct’ and ignoring all emissions including carbon, methane and radon.

MAGIC COAL MINE - ITS "CARBON NEUTRAL" !!  Cumbria County Council cannot be allowed to get away with replying to questions about carbon emissions by claiming that this mine would be “carbon neutral"  and even make “carbon savings.’   Their flawed logic is directly taken from the developers script which states that the nearly 3 million tonne output yearly of the mine would substitute for coal extracted elsewhere

In other words they claim that a coal mine in China or America would stop producing 3 million tonnes of coal a year because of this “substitute” mine in West Cumbria.  Utter nonsense


"Extinction Rebellion West Cumbria is appalled at the recent decision by Cumbria County Council to ratify their decision to open a new deep coal mine.  The impacts of climate change are being felt by communities across the planet. Decisions such as this can no longer be seen in isolation and must be challenged."  XR West Cumbria

“If it proceeds, the mine is likely to result over its lifetime in greenhouse gas emissions amounting to something of the order of one year of UK national emissions.  The impacts of these emissions could include considerable ecological and economic damage, as well as human suffering and loss of life.”  Laurence Michaelis Expert Reviewer for the IPCC,

“Given that the UK steel industry imported 4.75 million tonnes of coking coal in 2015, mainly from the USA (44%) and Russia (27%) it seems perverse to be exporting coal to other countries, while importing it for UK steelworks. Exporting coal increases greenhouse gas emissions and producing more coal could displace lower quality coking coal to power station usage adding to greenhouse gas emissions and air quality issues. The UK government intends on phasing-out coal by 2025, but the whole world needs to stop burning this most polluting of all fossil fuels now. The application to mine is too close to the Sellafield nuclear site and the proposal for another nuclear power station at Moorside. Underground mining can have a significant impact on the surrounding areas, recently a coking coal mine in Russia triggered an earth quake. In addition to being dangerous for mining personnel this could cause a nuclear catastrophe.”   Coal Action Network

“The Sellafield area has been identified in a recent geological report as being at high risk of liquefaction (where the earth turns to mush). Liquefaction can result from earthquakes, and the only place in the UK to have had such an event is at Rampside near Barrow - it was a very small-magnitude earthquake. This March, when I stood shaking at the planning meeting in Kendal and spoke opposing the coal mine, the councillors laughed. They laughed about Sellafield being at high risk of liquefaction (as described in a recent geological report); they laughed as the last liquefaction event near Barrow was in 1865, pre Trident: the blink of an eye in geological terms.” Marianne Birkby on behalf of Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole, a Radiation Free Lakeland campaign

"Disturbance of nesting seabirds during construction and operation... The development has the potential to have an adverse effect upon the St Bees Head SSSI through disturbance to both breeding and wintering birds during construction and operation." RSPB

Much of the nuclear waste from nearby Sellafield is still on the Irish Sea bed which has led to many objectors pointing out that:

“Offshore Subsidence – resuspension and dispersal of radioactive contaminants. The documentation has confirmed to NWIFCA that a risk of subsidence exists and therefore there remains an overwhelming concern over the potential for disturbance and resuspension of radioactive contaminants and sediments.” North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority

The moment of ratification of the coal mine by Cumbria County Council's Development Control and Regulation committee - we have to challenge this!

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Update 17

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole - a Radiation Free Lakeland Campaign

March 20, 2020

'Carbon Border Tax' Report Author is Coal Mine Lobbyist

Old King Coal Dug a Great Big Hole 

and said:

No Worries, its Carbon Free.  

The Coal is for Steel

And we've made a Deal 

.......(to be continued)

THANK YOU to all who have donated so far.  We will have some news very soon on the legal case..but for now just wanted to let you know the strange truth about a new report making the case for a "carbon border tax."

The report backing a "carbon border tax" sounds like the sort of thing green minded folk would welcome  However, there is more to this narrative than meets the eye.  

Environmental Journalist Simon Pickstone has today written an excellent article in ENDS which exposes the fact that the "widely reported briefing making the case for a carbon border tax on imported goods, including on metallurgical coal, was written by a policy adviser for a company planning to construct the UK’s first new deep coal mine since the 1980s. The briefing, which received coverage in ENDS, the Scotsman and the Times, was published by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) and written by Tony Lodge, a research fellow for the influential free market think tank, which describes him as a “political and energy analyst.”

Yes thats right - Tony Lodge, author of the green sounding report on 'carbon border tax' also works as a political adviser for West Cumbria Mining.

It seems to us that Tony Lodge has been advocating for this 'carbon border tax' for many years.  He wrote a report in 2012 for the Coalition government called the Atomic Clock which argued that the Coalition could have their 'clean environmental' credentials on the extreme energies of nuclear, shale gas and coal whilst still being able to eat their industrial cake...if only they went about carbon accounting and taxing in the right way. 

Strange Times.

Update 16

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole - a Radiation Free Lakeland Campaign

March 10, 2020

We are Keeping the Legal Fund Page Open

Dear Friends,

Big Thank You to All - We are keeping the CrowdJustice page open a while longer to keep folk updated and to keep on raising awareness about the insanity of this coal mine.  Cumbria would be the ONLY place in the UK to have ANY deep mining going on.  West Cumbria Mining plan to mine for coking and industrial coal in the "gassiest pit in the kingdom".  West Cumbria is the  place where the Davey Lamp was tested out because methane is so prevalent under the Irish Sea bed.  

A recent article in The Ecologist explains why methane - always known to be a dangerous gas is more dangerous than we thought.  Stopping the Coal Mine in Cumbria just got a whole lot more urgent.


"Scientists have been vastly underestimating the amount of methane humans are emitting into the atmosphere through fossil fuels, according to research.

Analysis published in the journal Nature shows methane emissions from fossil fuels owing to human activity is around 25 percent to 40 percent higher than thought.

But researchers believe their findings offer hope, saying stricter regulations to curb methane emissions could help reduce future global warming to "a larger extent than previously thought".

Ice core

Benjamin Hmiel, a professor of earth and environmental science at the University of Rochester and one of the study authors, said: "I don't want to get too hopeless on this because my data does have a positive implication: most of the methane emissions are anthropogenic, so we have more control.

"If we can reduce our emissions, it's going to have more of an impact."

Read the Full Article HERE

Update 15

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole - a Radiation Free Lakeland Campaign

March 2, 2020

Walk and Spring Wildlife Watch - date to be confirmed

Dear Friends,

Thank you So Much for keeping on sharing and donating - everything put in the hat will go direct to the legal fund to take our case to Judicial Review.  We are still waiting for a date for our case to be heard - but it will be in Manchester!  

Will let you know just as soon as we hear.  

In the meantime we are planning a walk along the beautiful (but a bit challenging) cliff top from Whitehaven to St Bees.  The walk will include wildlife watching and maybe a bit of drawing too!  

Seabirds, guillemots, gulls, ravens and more are all descending on the cliffs to nest so it is an exciting time.  This is the only nesting place in England of the black guillemot and the coal mine threatens that , as well as much else!   What is left of our wildlife is increasingly important.  A date for the walk is yet to be set but watch this space!

All Best Wishes


Update 14

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole - a Radiation Free Lakeland Campaign

Feb. 16, 2020


Dear Friends,

The Opposition to this Coal mine is GROWING!

In the last week there have been demonstrations from Cumbria to London. Demonstrations of opposition to the plan to open the first deep coal mine in decades.

Thank you to everyone who is opposing this coal mine whether it is by actively demonstrating opposition, contributing to the crowdfunder for the legal challenge or sharing the information.  It is all important and it all sends out the strong and growing message that this coal mine is totally unacceptable. 

Please keep on sharing this crowd justice page and let folk know that we can stop this mine - it is NOT a done deal.

Here are a few links to the growing opposition... 

Children should not have to go on hunger strike to stop this mine  ‘It’s a Huge Step Backwards’: Teenagers Hunger Striking to Stop the UK's Newest Coal Mine By Phoebe Cooke • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 09:15

Update 13

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole - a Radiation Free Lakeland Campaign

Feb. 6, 2020

What a Week!

Dear Friends 

What a Week!! 

Channel 4 skewers the Mayor, the MP and the Council bosses, Elijah gets his visit to the House, and the High Court says that there is a case to answer!

Well done everyone for getting this legal challenge off the starting blocks. Onwards and Upwards!!

Below is Leigh Day's Press Release ... you can also read it direct on their website 

6 February 2020

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole (KCCH), are challenging Cumbria County Council’s Development Control and Regulation Committee’s decision to resolve to grant planning permission for a major new underground metallurgical coal mine on the former Marchon Chemical Works site in Whitehaven, Cumbria. The judicial review will be heard at the High Court in Manchester on a date yet to be set.

KCCH is an active environmental campaign group in the local area, and was one of the leading objectors to the planning application focussing its objections on the proximity of the coal mine site to the nuclear facility at Sellafield.

Cumbria County Council resolved to grant planning permission following a unanimous vote on 19 March 2019. On 20 June 2019, Leigh Day wrote to Cumbria County Council. The letter addressed a number of legal issues, including Cumbria County Council’s failures to consider:

  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the mining operations
  • The need for, and GHG impacts of, Middlings Coal
  • The Government’s Net Zero target.

Despite being alerted to those concerns, Cumbria County Council ratified its decision on 31 October 2019. Mrs Justice Beverley Lang has now agreed that those legal issues are arguable and justify a public hearing.

Marianne Birkby from KCCH, said:

“Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole are delighted we are able to bring this Judicial Review in order to challenge the decision made by Cumbria County Council to approve the first deep coal mine in decades. This legal challenge is only happening because of the ongoing determination of our campaigning and the huge generosity of everyone who has donated to the crowd-funder.”

Rowan Smith, solicitor at law firm Leigh Day, who is representing Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole, with Anna Dews and Carol Day from Leigh Day, said:

“We are pleased that the High Court has granted our client permission for a judicial review of Cumbria County Council’s decision to allow this coal mine development. This legal action shines a light on how all local planning authorities should assess the climate change impacts of development of this nature, particularly with the backdrop of the UK Parliament declaring a climate emergency and the Government’s commitment to ensuring that the Net Zero target is reached by 2050.

“We are in the middle of a climate crisis, and our clients have worked tirelessly to bring this issue into the public domain. There will now be full legal scrutiny of the climate change impact of this proposal, which is estimated to translate to 420 million tonnes CO₂e even without taking into account the emissions arising from the extraction process.”

David Wolfe QC from Matrix chambers and Merrow Golden from Francis Taylor Building chambers are instructed.

Update 12

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole - a Radiation Free Lakeland Campaign

Feb. 5, 2020

In the News...

Dear Friends,

Thank you to all who are donating and sharing in order that we can challenge the outrageous decision by Cumbria County Council to approve the first deep coal mine in decades.

In case  you missed the Channel 4 programme this evening - here is a link to the page.  

Will update soon with news of the legal challenge

All best wishes

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole

Update 11

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole - a Radiation Free Lakeland Campaign

Jan. 15, 2020

New Report: Cumbrian Coal Mine "Incompatible" with Climate Goals

Bravo to the authors of a new report which concludes that the Cumbrian coal mine is incompatible with the UK's climate ambition. 

“The proposed mine is clearly incompatible with the UK’s climate ambitions and the need for a clean energy future,” said Rebecca Willis, co-author of the report, in a statement. “The new government has championed its commitment to climate action. It now needs to set out its policy on fossil fuel extraction, making clear that digging more coal out of the ground is no longer acceptable.”

 Add to the above, the (largely ignored) fact that this coal mine would extend to within five miles of the world's riskiest nuclear waste site at Sellafield and you have a recipe for both climate and nuclear disaster -- what a terrible double whammy.  What the accompanying write up by the report authors does not touch on,  is that there are many local people not only aware of the incompatibility of new coal to the UKs climate ambitions - but also and unique to this situation, a deep undersea coal mine  and the dangerous proximity to Sellafield.  

The report 'The case against new coal mines in the UK'  is from the nonpartisan thinktank Green Alliance.  

West Cumbria Mining has not yet responded to the report.

more info:


The Guardian 

Update 10

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole - a Radiation Free Lakeland Campaign

Jan. 8, 2020

The Spirit of the Irish Sea Thanks You

"Sea Horse Heart - Spirit of the Irish Sea" 

Let 2020 be the year that we Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole and stop this terrible plan.  Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to the crowdfunder and equal thanks to those who have been sharing and talking about this.  

The image above is a small watercolour painting and the final person to donate to the crowdfunder will receive the painting.   

Thanks to you all we now have the means to push forward with a legal challenge.  

But we are not resting on our laurels and will be pursuing every means possible to stop this coal mine,  alongside the legal challenge.

The St Bees area of the Irish Sea is in a Marine Conservation Zone  and will need a license from the Marine Management Organisation in order for coal to be extracted from deep under the Irish Sea.  From what we can see the MMO only consults with conservancy agencies and organisations (?)   This is rather scary as the organisations tasked with the protection of Cumbria's wildlife have, incredibly, so far been rather nonchalant about this coal mine and the impacts it would inevitably have on the Irish Sea and the Irish Sea bed.  We will be pushing for a full public consultation with the public and with surrounding countries. The countries that are on the Irish Sea shoreline are, Scotland,  England , Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland .  All of these countries should be consulted by the MMO in their deliberations on whether or not to give West Cumbria Mining free rein to mine out coking and industrial "middlings"  coal from under the Irish Sea just five miles from the world's riskiest nuclear waste site, Sellafield.  

ALSO:  The Climate Change Act 2008 is a legally binding, long-term framework for the UK to mitigate and adapt to the impact of climate change.  Under the Act, public bodies (including the Marine Management Organisation) must report on the steps that they are taking to respond to climate change. The purpose of this report is to highlight the ways in which the MMO’s work is at risk of being affected by a changing climate and to set out any actions to help the organisation adapt.


Update 9

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole - a Radiation Free Lakeland Campaign

Dec. 28, 2019

Queen's Speech: Boris is Giving Up Fossil Fuels - Just Not Yet

Hope you all had a jolly good Christmas with friends and family.  Just had to share this with you...

Here is an extract from the  excellent article in the Independent from Donnachadh McCarthy.

"The Queen’s Speech boasted about how the government was phasing out coal-fired power stations by 2025. This is genuinely positive, as coal is the highest source of carbon emissions in the energy industry. However, the speech made no mention of the fact that Johnson’s government is also giving the go-ahead to one of the biggest new coal mines in Europe, the Woodhouse Colliery in Cumbria. Johnson is beginning to resemble Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull who, despite his country being in flames, backs the new Adani coal mine. If you closed down the UK economy for a year, you would not have saved as much carbon emissions as the Woodhouse Colliery will, if allowed to open, emit over its lifetime."

The full article can be read here

Thanks to all of you amazing folk who have been actively opposing the Woodhouse Colliery coal mine in whatever way, whether it is joining our demonstrations, writing letters, petitions, walks and talking to people about the plan.  Thanks to all who have also been sharing this CrowdJustice page and donating to the fundraiser we now have a chance at stopping this outrageous plan with a legal challenge.  

Onwards and Upwards to 2020!

Update 8

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole - a Radiation Free Lakeland Campaign

Dec. 23, 2019

Merry Christmas to All!

Dear Friends,

Here is a Christmas Card from some of the beautiful and increasingly rare birds to be found at the area under threat from the first deep coal mine in the UK in decades.  

"We Three Black Guillemots 

Of St Bees, Thank You, for Keeping

Coal Deep Under the Seas."

The only breeding place left in England of the Black Guillemot is St Bees, the area directly under threat.   

"St Bees Head supports northwest England's only cliff-nesting seabird colony, which is situated between Whitehaven and St. Bees in west Cumbria. Three viewing points give you superb views of the colony and on a clear day you can see the Isle of Man across the sea." RSPB

Thank You to everyone for generously donating

 and sharing the battle to 

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole!  

With All Best Wishes for a Safe, Peaceful Christmas 


on behalf of Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole

Update 7

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole - a Radiation Free Lakeland Campaign

Dec. 15, 2019

Legal Papers Submitted to the Courts! All Thanks to YOU!

On the 12th December legal papers were submitted by our top lawyers Leigh Day to the courts and to Cumbria County Council.

This is ALL THANKS TO YOU and the incredible generosity of everyone who has donated to the crowd funder.  The fundraiser page is being kept open to keep on raising awareness and because court costs can spiral so the more funds we can raise the better chance we have.   We are hoping against hope that there will be a cap put on the costs and Leigh Day have argued for this to be the case.

Just as soon as we are able to we will share the detail of the legal papers.

In the meantime here is a recent local article from the News and Star outlining some of the reasons why we are all so very determined to keep on fighting with regards this coal mine.

Please do keep sharing the crowd justice page as we need to keep sending out the message that the first deep coal mine in the UK in decades is NOT A DONE DEAL!   

And the fact that this is now moving forward with a legal challenge is all down to your amazing generosity.   

Update 6

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole - a Radiation Free Lakeland Campaign

Dec. 9, 2019

Cumbrian Coal "Disaster" - The Independent

BIG thanks to environmental campaigner and journalist Donnachadh McCarthy.

Below are a few excerpts from his hard hitting article published in the Independent online a few days ago...

"Just imagine if the government turned off all the electricity to all the homes in the UK. All the lights, all the electric heating, all the TVs, washing machines, fridges – everything. Even if they kept them turned off for 20 years, you still would not have saved all of the 420 million tons of carbon emissions emitted by a new planned coal mineover its lifetime.

"The proposed Woodhouse colliery in Whitehaven, Cumbria – the first deep coal mine in the UK for 30 years – was quietly given the go-ahead while attention was diverted by the government’s announcement of a temporary moratorium on fracking. This was a classic Lynton Cosby style tactic of throwing a dead cat on the table to distract us from the truly negative decision they were simultaneously making."

..... "But what could be worse than a massive new coal mine? ..........  That’s right, this enormous new underground and undersea coal mine is spitting distance from the ageing Sellafield nuclear plant.

"This opens up the human-induced earthquake issue yet again. Fracking has been shut down temporarily – the government finally admitted that they could not predict if the technique to extract shale gas from deep underground would set off earthquakes. But coal mining can also cause quakes. A study done by Durham University found that 21% of all UK earthquakes since 1970, have been caused largely by coal mining.


THANK YOU to EVERYONE who has been generously donating to the legal challenge. We CAN do this.  We CAN STOP this DISASTROUS COAL MINE! 

Update 5

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole - a Radiation Free Lakeland Campaign

Nov. 24, 2019

This little puffin seen at St Bees says Thank You!

Here is a little puffin to THANK YOU for all the generous donations so far!  

This little puffin ( hand made last night!) represents the amazing birds that are sometimes seen at St Bees.  In order for the puffin to continue to visit St Bees they need sandeels which we know are under threat from temperature rise in the oceans.  

On the next update we will share the letter which has been sent to Cumbria County Council from Leigh Day.  The letter is the start of the legal battle which aims to keep the temperature from rising in our oceans by stopping this diabolic plan for the first deep coal mine in decades!

Please keep sharing!  We CAN stop this coal mine and it will be ALL THANKS TO YOU!

Update 4

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole - a Radiation Free Lakeland Campaign

Nov. 19, 2019

Where Exactly is The Coal Mine Planned?

•BIG Thank You•  to Everyone who continues to share and to donate. The donations have been amazingly generous.  This generosity will ensure we can continue to fight this desperate plan to mine for coal under the Irish Sea.

People are asking where exactly the plan is.  So I have done a very makeshift map taken from my own photograph of West Cumbria Mining's own information boards and overlaid over a map of Cumbria.  The red line area off St Bees is the extent of the planned phases of the coal mine.  This gives some idea of the scale in relation to the Lake District so beloved of so many people and yet ...and yet this plan has gone massively under the radar. 

No Longer!!  

We won't stay quiet on this. From this map you can see how close the mine would extend to Sellafield.   The world's riskiest nuclear waste site.

Thank you once again to all those who are sharing and donating - 

We Can Stop This Coal Mine...

Update 3

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole - a Radiation Free Lakeland Campaign

Nov. 15, 2019

WELL DONE EVERYONE - We're on the Way!


(Old King Coal - from Comic Vine)

Well Done to Everyone for donating and sharing - please keep going with sharing the page and lets get the message out there that this coal mine is MADNESS.

Today's news in The Guardian illustrates the point.  

Today's Guardian reports that : "Methane emissions from coalmines could stoke climate crisis...Millions of tonnes belched into atmosphere as bad as shipping and aviation emissions combined, researchers find"

"Dave Jones, an analyst at the climate thinktank Sandbag, said the report proves the global coal industry “is even more polluting than we thought” and should face tougher regulation."

"It found that deeper coal seams tend to contain more methane than shallower seams, while older seams have higher methane content than younger seams. The findings were applied across all countries with coalmines to estimate the global scourge of coalmine methane."

What is not reported alongside this is that West Cumbria Mining have been given the green light by Cumbria County Council to  release of methane which is currently safely contained deep beneath the Irish Sea bed. The Cumbrian Coal deposits under the Irish Sea off St Bees are methane rich.  West Cumbria Mining's proposed development has already released an unknown quantity of methane from beneath the Irish Sea bed when it hit a methane gas pocket whilst carrying out explorations back in 2017:  " drilling operations from a jack-up barge had struck a gas pocket approximately one nautical mile from St Bee’s Head. The drilling is part of a programme of exploration work to support a new coal mining project in west Cumbria...Local authorities, fire rescue, police and the Environment Agency were all informed."

It was due to this area's methane rich status that the famous safety Davy Lamp was tested out right here in West Cumbria!

Interesting bit about the Davy lamp here

"In 1816, the Cumberland Pacquetreported a demonstration of the Davy lamp at William Pit, Whitehaven. Placed in a blower "... the effect was grand beyond description. At first a blue flame was seen to cap the flame of the lamp, - then succeeded a lambent flame, playing in the cylinder; and shortly after, the flame of the firedamp expanded, so as to completely fill the wire gauze. For some time, the flame of the lamp was seen through that of the firedamp, which became ultimately extinguished without explosion. Results more satisfactory were not to be wished..."[11]Another correspondent to the paper commented "The Lamp offers absolute security to the miner... With the excellent ventilation of the Whitehaven Collieriesand the application of Sir HUMPHRY's valuable instrument, the accidents from the explosion of' (carburetted) 'hydrogene which have occurred (although comparatively few for such extensive works) will by this happy invention be avoided".[11]

Unfortunately, this prediction was not fulfilled: in the next thirty years, firedamp explosions in Whitehaven pits cost 137 lives.[12]:139More generally, the Select Committee on Accidents in Mines reported in 1835 that the introduction of the Davy lamp had led to an increase in mine accidents;[9]:130the lamp encouraged the working of mines and parts of mines that had previously been closed for safety reasons.[13]"



Update 2

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole - a Radiation Free Lakeland Campaign

Nov. 14, 2019

MASSIVE THANKS !!- The Initial £5000 Target has been exceeded

THANKS TO YOU the Initial £5000 Target has been exceeded!

WOWEE!!!    All Thanks to you the initial £5000 target has been exceeded and we are now on our way to making sure we have the means to take on a Legal Challenge.  

However Raising more funds means that the fantastic work Leigh Day has already started can continue.  So please if you can donate please do and if you cannot, please share and lets get the message out that the first deep coal mine in the UK in 30 years is NOT A DONE DEAL.

The more funds we raise the more we can do to challenge the outrageous decision by Cumbria County Council in approving this deep coal mine. 

The Dolphins and Marine Life of the Irish Sea say a " BIG Thank You"   The last thing they need is a MASSIVE DEEP COAL MINE causing subsidence and pollution of the already stressed Irish Sea Bed.

Update 1

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole - a Radiation Free Lakeland Campaign

Nov. 13, 2019

We are Well Over Halfway - THANK YOU!

Thank you so much for all your generous donations. We are now well over halfway to the target £5000.  This will go towards ensuring that the Coal mine decision in Cumbria is Challenged and Stopped.

Here is a BIG thank you from the wildlife in the West Cumbrian area where coal mining stopped over 30 years ago and where the wildlife is now recovering.  We can't let that recovery be jeopardised by a new deep coal mine under the Irish Sea.

Thank you from the wildlife, from the rock pipits and black guillemots at St Bees, from the marine life to the semi-natural ancient woodland that would be annihilated along with hedgerows to make way for the onshore coal 'facilities' for this deep undersea  coal mine.

With all best wishes


on behalf of Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole

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