Well at lest some one is taking notice, well no the mining is due to start anytime now

DISMAYED council chiefs in Northumberland are seeking a top-level showdown over growing evidence that strong local opposition to opencast coal mines is being overruled by the Government.

County council leaders want an early meeting with ministers to discuss the Government’s current policy on opencast mining and its potential implications for sensitive areas of Northumberland.

Ministers quizzed on opencast policy – JournalLive