Posts Tagged ‘Opencast Mining’

Activists temporarily halt work

11/07/2011 Leave a comment

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


First Birthday & Gathering

08/02/2011 Leave a comment

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

Digger Divers shut down Huntington Lane SMS

22/11/2010 Leave a comment

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

Huntington Lane Site A “Eviction”

13/10/2010 1 comment

At around 8:30am Wednesday 13th the National Eviction Team with police backup arrived on Site A to find the tree houses unoccupied. Site A is where work on the mine will start. The tree houses have now been removed and branches lopped off the trees so they can’t go back up.

The main Huntington Lane camp is located between Site A and Site B on what will become a link road between the two sites. Although there were tree houses on Site A it was never really seriously defended hence the Eviction team finding them empty. It has however proved to be an  effective early warning system as the main camp is now on full alert as it prepares for eviction. For anyone waiting for the eviction call out, this is it. As many people as possible are needed to help defend the site.

Protesters have been threatened with arrest should they trespass upon Site A.  An eviction notice is yet to be served but this chain of events would appear to suggest its imminent arrival. Heavy machinery is now on site and breaking ground. We would encourage any concerned individuals to pay a visit to camp whether it be to stay on, help out with defenses, leave a donation or lend their moral support.

Please call 07503 583419 for info or to get involved.

The best way to keep up to date with latest news is by checking the Huntington lane blog

Eviction Imminent!

22/08/2010 Leave a comment

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

Photos of Huntington Lane

22/08/2010 Leave a comment

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UK Coal set to “dry mine” Huntington Lane

16/08/2010 3 comments

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.