Geordies Join Scottish Opencast Protest

Geordies join Scottish opencast protest.

Last night members of Newcastle Climate Action joined with Scottish protesters to occupy an opencast site near the village of Douglas 30 miles south of Glasgow in an area of ancient woodland . The protesters entered the site overnight and began to construct tree houses and other defences in the threatened woodland before workers and police turned up at 8am this morning. Having secured the protest camp all work has been stopped and the police and workers have now left the site.

Troy McAvoy of Newcastle Climate Action said: ” We are happy to be able to support the people of Douglas who fought long and hard to stop this opencast. The woods are really beautiful, some of the trees are 300 years old and the area is home to otters, badgers, crossbills and songthrushes. Its a crime against the planet to destroy such habitat just to dig out more coal which will only fuel global warming. The people of Douglas have invited us to join them and we extend that welcome to any other Geordies who want to come and give their support”

The site is owned by Scottish Coal and recently won planning permission despite 700 letters of objection form local people. The ancient woodlands are being felled to create an access road for the heavy plant needed to extract 1.7million tonnes of coal and will be only be used for 5 years.

Media Contact Phil Capon 07986 758 931

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