The Durham Miners’ Association has opposed opencast mining for many decades and support the locally lead campaign to protect Pont Valley in Co. Durham.
It damaged deep mining in the past and now threatens to ruin our environment for no perceivable benefit.
Our communities have suffered enough with the decline of the coal industry and they do not need to have more injury added to insult.
There are deep mining projects reopening in various parts of England. So, there is little need to rip up the countryside to get coal.