Go-ahead for controversial Cumbria coal mine condemned by government’s climate adviser

Cumbria colliery would be first new pit to open since 1991

Andrew Woodcock
Political Editor
Thursday 08 December 2022 16:43 GMT
Caroline Lucas calls government’s coal mine plans a ‘climate crime against humanity’

The government has been condemned for approving a new coal mine in Cumbria – Britain’s first in generations.

The Woodhouse Colliery project, near Whitehaven, has sparked fierce opposition from locals and environmentalists.

Levelling-up secretary Michael Gove has granted permission, saying the coal will be used for the production of steel and not for power generation.

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