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Sadly the new Secretary of State has said he will not revoke planning permission.
While this is bad news we are looking for other ways to stop the opencast.
This week six people were found not guilty of aggravated trespass (and two cases were dropped) for trying to stop Banks gaining access to the site. The Judge could not be satisfied that Banks Group were not currently or about to commit an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, by destroying the habitat of Great Crested Newts. For more info about the court case see http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/16400836.dipton-consett-open-cast-mine-protesters-cleared-by-court/
Join local people for a skillshare and action camp the 5th to 9th September 2017 https://protectpontvalley.noblogs.org/coal-nee-more/