On Tuesday 5th July activists from the Telford no new coal (aka Defend Huntington Lane) protest site halted early morning operations by storming the open cast mine. Two protesters dead locked on to heavy plant machinery, disrupting the destruction caused by them. Activists have been on the site for 15 months and are awaiting eviction papers. The camp is situated in what would be the road between the current mine site to another, and in an area of natural beauty
The protest camp at Huntington Lane is now a year old and will be having a gathering from the 25-28 February. The camp was set up after it was discovered that UK Coal had started work by clearing part of the forest. In October the actual mining work began on the southern part of the site.
The weekend gathering will include skill-sharing, site skills, action and defense building, information sharing and networking with activists from other campaigns.
For more information go to the camps website http://defendhuntingtonlane.wordpress.com/
Last Monday a group of autonomous activists trespassed onto Site A at Huntington Lane where preparation works are currently under way and took part in some “digger diving”. The activists climbed onto one of the earth movers forcing all work on the site to stop. One of the two security guards who had been caught off guard illegally detained one activist who was quickly released following the help of the other activists. As a result of this action work on site was stopped for approximately an hour with no arrests being made. UK coal started trashing the land on site A the southern most part of the site on the 13 October, the Huntington Lane protest camp has now been occupying the land between site A and site B for over 8 months
It seems likely that the Huntington Lane camp will face eviction within the next two weeks. UK Coal are to be issued an Environmental License at the end of August so that mining can begin on the site. Farmers have been asked to move livestock and some jobs have been advertised by local firm McPhilips.
The camp is calling out for help: people, tools, lock on gear of all kinds (padlocks,D-locks etc), water and food.
More information about the camp including a map and directions can be found on our Huntington Lane page
As part of the original agreement UK Coal were supposed to wash the coal to dampen it which prevents too much dust from being produced. Severn Trent the local water supplier are now saying that the local pipeline won’t provide enough pressure for UK Coal to use as well as local residents. They will therefore have to pay for a new pipeline, however as we reported earlier UK Coal are massively in debt and cannot afford extra expenses like this. They decided instead that they will “dry mine” Huntington Lane, going against the original terms of the agreement. Dry mining will cause a lot more dust to be created and could have a negative impact on the health of local residents. It also raises concerns over other promises UK Coal have made such as restoring the mine after they have finished.
Final part of the Rafts journey as it sails under the Iorn Bridge
Yesterday Sunday 31st residents from the Defend Huntington Lane Camp took their message onto the river Severn and sailed it downstream. The six person raft complete with a big “No New Coal” banner and UK Coal digger figurehead sailed down the River Severn and past EON’s Buildwas B coal fired power station which is where the coal from Huntington Lane will eventually end up. It then sailed further downstream and under the famous Iron Bridge where it was meet with cheers from a crowd of locals and tourists who had gathered on the bridge.