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To: Cumbria County Council

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole (its too near Sellafield!)

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole (its too near Sellafield!)

Please do not let Cumbria be the first place in 30 years to open a deep coal mine in the UK. The proposed undersea coal mine under the beautiful coastline at St Bees would be five miles from Sellafield and five miles from the plan for new reactors (Moorside) at Beckermet. Coal mining is known to increase seismic activity.

Why is this important?

What People are Saying:

“We are particularly concerned in regard to the potential impact upon the wider marine and coastal environment of the discharge of water into the sea, which has been pumped from the flooded anhydrite mine.” National Trust

“ The application site is in proximity (Solway Firth 1.5km) to a European designated site (also commonly referred to as Natura 2000 sites), and therefore has the potential to affect its interest features.”Natural England

“any level of subsidence upon the terrestrial or marine heritage assets and designated sites and landscapes could be significant and permanent, therefore having a detrimental impact ..The history of contamination of watercourses in the areas raises concerns for some local residents in relation to the impact of the development on the complex hydrology of the area.” Colourful Coast Partnership

“Our position is to object to the proposed development on the grounds of the adverse impact on groundwater, surface water and biodiversity.”Environment Agency

“It is clear that this is a very large mine, with a very long life span…of 20-50 years and a peak of 2.8 million tonnes a year. Assuming a 40 year life (following construction), and an average of 2 million tonnes a year, that is a total production of 80 million tonnes, which will emit around 175 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. The level of emissions and proposed life-time of the mine is of major concern….We would also query whether or not there has been robust enough analysis of the potential for seismicity (and subsidence) relating to well-known nuclear facilities in the wider area, including Sellafield and proposed new facility at Moorside? What potential is there for seismicity to effect these and other facilities (including the low level waste repository at Drigg) and the possible high level waste radioactive waste facility which has been proposed in West Cumbria for some time.” Friends of the Earth

“The application should be rejected because it is not in the national interest. From reviewing the documents submitted by West Cumbria Mining it is clear that the intention is to export the coal to Europe and Asia…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 earthquake.” Coal Action Network

Just some of the "Star Species" found in this Heritage Coast and Marine Conservation Zone are listed by the RSPB as: Fulmar, Guillemot, Herring Gull, Kittiwake, Razorbill and so many more that would be impacted on by the plan for a new coal mine with possible subsidence of the Irish Sea bed impacting on food sources such as sandeels (and not to mention disturbing and resuspending decades of Sellafield discharges which have settled there).

We ask that Cumbria County Council listen to the substantial concerns of the Coal Authority, Natural England, the National Trust, Coal Action Network, the Environment Agency, Colourful Coast Partnership, Friends of the Earth and others and turn down West Cumbria Mining's planning application.

How it will be delivered

The petition will be delivered by hand to the planning meeting at Cumbria County Council offices in Kendal 22 Feb 2019 10.00 am.

Reasons for signing

  • can't think of any reasons for. Too many to list against including climate change, impact on sea bed and dependent species risk to nuclear facilities. What an absolutely crazy idea. What happened to the UKs commitments unde the Paris Accord?
  • This cola mine will release more radioactivity into the environment than Sellafield.
  • You think you can stop me from escaping? You can try. I'm getting out of this hole and into your lungs, and there's not a damn thing you can do about it. You'll be the one in the hole when you die from air pollution. Enjoy life while you still can.


2019-01-06 22:37:03 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2019-01-01 22:18:31 +0000

St Bees is famous for its guillemots - here is a clip of a guillemot shower ...wonderful. This is why the RSPB have voiced concerns about mining for coal under the Irish Sea off St Bees.

2018-12-28 19:23:18 +0000

Keep up to date with what is going on at our Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole blog

2018-04-03 22:42:22 +0100

Want to see some massive machines churning up fault lines and making huge holes under the Irish Sea - here you go....

2018-04-02 14:12:35 +0100

Easter Greetings! Many thanks to all who have been sharing, talking and campaigning to stop the first deep coal mine in the UK for 30 years. Opposition letters continue to be sent to Cumbria County Council including from Scientists for Global Responsibility who have said: ”Coal mines emit significant levels of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas which further exacerbates climate change. This coal mine will be no different..."
Please do join Scientists for Global Responsibility and write a few lines (or more!!) to Cumbria County Council Officer Rachel Brophy quoting: Planning Application 4/17/9007: Woodhouse Colliery email:

2018-03-17 14:17:56 +0000

There has been a flurry of letters in the Westmorland Gazette - the overwhelming majority are opposed to the coal mine plan - you can read some of them here:

2018-02-07 16:36:40 +0000

An Article in The Ecologist spells out just why this plan must be stopped in its tracks...
"The very nature of earth tremors and quakes is that they are unpredictable, they are always a potential, and for this reason the mine must be stopped. There has been no critical debate in the national media and precious little in the local media. Radiation Free Lakeland has written to the Health and Safety Executive. It has called for a "moratorium on fossil fuel extraction near nuclear sites".
It is clear that the literal fallout from Woodhouse colliery is just too great in terms of CO2 based climate disruption as well as the potential for mass death from damage to Sellafield which would make toast of us all.

"Cumbria County Council must act to stop this crazy plan and apply itself to creating clean, safe sustainable jobs for the people of West Cumbria."

2018-02-01 06:27:18 +0000

500 signatures reached

2018-01-12 19:25:12 +0000

100 signatures reached

2018-01-12 18:12:00 +0000

50 signatures reached

2018-01-12 17:55:04 +0000

25 signatures reached

2018-01-12 17:36:47 +0000

10 signatures reached