Monday, November 24, 2008
Coal is the future...or so the fools think
Having spent all day filming in an open cast mine, i am shocked to learn that the UK is going hell for leather to dig up more coal!
Britain is poised to expand its coal mining industry, despite fears that the move will lead to a rise in climate change emissions and harm communities and the environment.
Freedom of information requests and council records show that in the past 18 months 14 companies have applied to dig nearly 60 million tonnes of coal from 58 new or enlarged opencast mines. At least six coal-fired power stations are planned. If all the applications are approved, the fastest expansion of UK coal mining in 40 years could see southern Scotland and Northumberland become two of the most heavily mined regions in Europe.
The photo is Selar open cast which is where i filmed today..incredible size