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Government ignores environmental campaigners by refusing to oppose the sinking of a new deep coal mine

THE government has run roughshod over the views of environmental campaigners by revealing that it will not oppose the sinking of a new deep coal mine in Cumbria.

The £165 million Woodhouse Colliery at Whitehaven will be the only deep coal mine in Britain following the Tories’ destruction of the coal mining industry, and the closure of the Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire in December, 2015.

Planning permission for the development was given by Cumbria County Council in October last year, but it was put on hold by the government after environment campaigners launched an appeal.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has now said he will not “call in” the council’s decision.

The development was opposed by Friends of the Earth (FoE), Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole (KCCH), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and there were 2,300 individual objections.

Tony Bosworth of FoE said: “Global leadership on the climate emergency means leaving coal in the ground, where it belongs.”

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