Green light for legal challenge against Cumbrian coal mine

A legal challenge against plans for a new coal mine in Cumbria can go ahead after the High Court said there were sufficient grounds for a judicial review.

Environmental campaign group Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole had applied for permission to challenge Cumbria County Council’s decision to approve the Woodhouse Colliery, a deep coal mine expected to release around 450 million tonnes of CO2 over its lifetime.

The mine, which would be the first new deep coal mine to be built in the UK in 30 years, would supply the steel industry rather than power stations. 

Mine operator West Cumbria Mining has claimed it will save around 5.3 million tonnes of CO2 by reducing the need to ship metallurgical coal from abroad.

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