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Last week papers were served on the occupants at Bodge House to appear in Court on Monday 30th June at Derby Combined Courts, The Morledge Derby.

Under the cover of darkness on 18th June, climate campaigners from ‘Leave it in the Ground’ occupied the UK Coal’s Lodge House site in Derbyshire by barricading themselves in a disused farm building and taken to the trees on the site of the proposed open cast mine.

Activists secured themselves in the Prospect Farm building, on the site which is about to be devastated by huge machines, according to one local we have stopped 30 people from working on the site, who are eagerly waiting for the go ahead to start stripping the earth away so the timing was spot on! The protesters have claimed squatter’s rights

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About 30 climate campaigners have halted a train taking coal to one of Europe’s biggest power stations in North Yorkshire.

A giant banner reading “Leave it in the ground” has been draped over the train bound for Drax near Selby.

One of the activists said the freight train was stopped using a red flag.

He said protesters had attached lines to the train’s wheels to stop it moving. He said the intention was to start unloading coal using shovels.

The protest is being staged by members of Leave it in the Ground, a group which campaigns against open cast mining.

In a statement released by the group, the activists said they had enough supplies to remain on the train for several days.

From the BBC

And also on the Guardian

Radio 4 discussion about coal

From the Picnic in the Park event people have been organising more protests this one is taking it direct to the UK Coal’s front door! all are welcome

Nottinghamshire | Noise demo against imminent open cast coal mine 9th June 

Noise Demo at UK Coal, nr Doncaster
Monday 9th June
Meet 12 noon at Doncaster train station.

There will be lifts to UK Coal’s HQ – but bring transport if you can.
UK COAL, Harworth Park, Blyth Road, Harworth, Doncaster DN11 8DB
Bring: banners, things to make noise with, food, people, tents, room to give people a lift.

For more info phone 07852 460871 or email
Leaflet attached – please print and circulate
What’s going on?
Lodge House site, which is east of the village of the Derbyshire village of Smalley, is one of seven sites that UK Coal is to open-cast. The area is rich with wildlife and backs onto Shipley Country Park.

It is about to be devastated, despite objections from local councils, residents and local environmental groups. The Secretary of State granted planning permission in 2007 and work is to commence any day now.
More destruction to come?

The 122 hectare site will have one million tonnes of coal ripped out over five years and ‘returned back to its natural state’ according to UK Coal. However, they will not be able to replace ancient edges and mature trees, and they will be able to expand beyond the 122 hectares without needing further permission. Residents were excluded from parts of the planning meeting on grounds of commercial confidentiality, which suggests that the plans may be bigger than UK Coal is letting on.

A dirty fuel, a changing climate
Coal is not clean energy, and with the new onslaught of proposed power stations, UK Coal are looking to cash in on climate devastation and destruction unless we stop them. Burning coal to produce electricity is threatening the global environment and all our futures..
To combat open-cast mining, a new action group “Leave it in the Ground” has formed, supported by Earth First! and other environmental groups.
If you can’t make the demo then you could contact UK Coal directly to let them know what you think: UK Coal Tel: 01302 751751 Fax: 01302 752420.

Leave it in the Ground
Report on previous action
For a bit of history on protests against open cast mining see:
More info on coal…

Nottinghamshire | Noise demo against imminent open cast coal mine 9th June

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