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Coal mine decision delayed for third time – Friends of the Earth reaction

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A decision on whether or not to grant planning permission for a controversial new coal mine in Cumbria has been delayed for a third time and is now due to be made “on or before 8 December 2022”.

Friends of the Earth received a letter from the government confirming the delay earlier this evening. The government had been due to make a decision “on or before 8 November” – shortly before, or during, next week’s climate summit in Egypt.

Commenting on the latest delay, Friends of the Earth energy campaigner, Tony Bosworth, said:

“The run up to next week’s climate summit was an ideal opportunity for the government to rebuild its battered green credentials by rejecting this damaging and unnecessary coal mine. It’s a shame they didn’t seize it. 

“Secretaries of State may come and go but the case against this mine is as strong as ever. It will increase emissions, while the market for its coal is rapidly diminishing with steel plants moving to greener production methods.

“Reintroducing the fracking ban was a good first step, but if Rishi Sunak is to really keep his pledge to make climate change a priority his government must leave coal in the ground. Instead they should boost renewables and home insulation to create the new jobs that areas like Whitehaven need.”


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