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OPENCAST MINING GUIDANCE FOR COUNCILS TOO WEAK

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The Barnsley-based Coalfield Communities Campaign is sceptical about the tougher constraints the government has app...
The Barnsley-based Coalfield Communities Campaign is sceptical about the tougher constraints the government has applied to opencast coal mining, the Yorkshire Post reports (p4).

The CCC welcomed the removal of the 'national interest clause' in the planning guidance, but claimed local authorities would not be satisfied until they had the power to reject damaging and unacceptable opencast proposals.

CCC national director Stephen Fothergill said: 'Local authorities fail to see why the government has for so long been reluctant to rein back opencast coalmining when there is so obviously a glut of coal in the market and when so many fine collieries are being closed', the paper reports.
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