Friday, 23 March 2018

Britain blocks plans for new coal mine in northeast England.

(Updates throughout with more detail, comment)

LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) - Britain has refused permission for a new open cast coal mine in northeastern England, the minister for local government said on Friday.

Northumberland County Council agreed last year that the mine's developer The Banks Group could extract 3 million tonnes of coal by cutting an open cast, or surface mine, near Druridge Bay, Highthorn.

But local government minister Sajid Javid rejected the application on Friday following a public inquiry, government documents show.

"The scheme would have an adverse effect on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change of very substantial significance, which he gives very considerable weight in the planning balance," the government report, rejecting the application said.

By Susanna Twidale.

Full story at Yahoo News.

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