UK Opens First Coal Mine In Decades

The first deep mine colliery in over 30 years is set to be opened in West Cumbria in the near future, after the government declined to intervene over the plans and delegated responsibility to the local council. The project had been greenlighted by local authorities in March of this year, but a backlash among environmentalists had caused the government to consider blocking its development.

Having now announced they will not impede the construction of the mine, the initiative looks set to go ahead, with a location near the former Haig Colliery in Whitehaven having been selected for the mine. The Woodhouse Colliery, as the new mine will be known, will extract coking coal from the coastline at St Bees, while the old Marchon site in Kells has been earmarked as a possible site for a processing refinery.

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