Cumbria Coal Mine Campaign

Last day of the Inquiry

Friday 1st October is the last day of the Public Inquiry, and it ends with “closing statements” from FOE, SLACC and WCM. If the morning’s discussion on planning conditions finishes on time, Paul Brown may start his speech for FOE at about 1pm. Each barrister is allowed to speak for an hour and a half, …

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Second week of public inquiry focusses on mining giants need for coal

In week two of a five week public inquiry [1], instigated by a small Cumbrian charity backed by global support, the focus is on a mining giants’ evidence of a need for coal. The internationally connected West Cumbria Mining Company (WCM) [2] wants planning permission to operate a new coal mine on the west coast …

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Day 4 at the Public Inquiry “hoose”!

This morning West Cumbria Mining’s QC Gregory Jones QC is cross examining SLACC’s witness, Rebekah Diski of the New Economics Foundation. Then a few more “Interested Parties” will speak, followed by a (probably short) cross examination of Mark Kirkbride (WCM CEO) by SLACC’s Junior Counsel, Rowan Clapp. Follow todays Inquiry , or watch previous days …

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1st day of Public Inquiry “Our house is on fire”!

The first morning of the Public Inquiry on the Coal Mine heard powerful opening statements from FOE and SLACC barristers, with compelling planning reasons to refuse the mine, and hints of the climate change evidence which both charities will be presenting over the next few weeks. Estelle Dehon, appearing for SLACC, also referred to the …

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