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Geordies Join Scottish Opencast Protest

Posted in Uncategorized on June 19, 2009 by northeastopencast

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.

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Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2009 by northeastopencast

This is the blog for the North East OpenCast Action Group (NEOAG).

NEOAG is an umbrella organisation Representing local anti-opencast action groups in the north-east of England. It originally ceased to exist in 2005. In 2009 it was resurrected, with the permission of the original creators, to fight against the new rash of opencast coal applications in the north east.

We all have much to learn from each other, from our successes and defeats, the point of NEOAG is to give a means of sharing knowledge with each other, and helping other communities fight the threat of opencasting.