Taking Action ... Climate Camp Cymru vs Miller Argent

Protesters: Climate Camp Cymru Target: Miller Argent Location: Ffos-y-fran, South Wales Date: 13-16 August

Climate Camp: Targets Miller Argent
Climate Camp: Targets Miller Argent


The lowdown

Activists established a climate camp in Wales as part of a four-day protest against an opencast mine in Ffos-y-fran. The group also posted leaflets to residents near the site.

Why the protest?

The mine is to become one of the largest in Europe, having come through court battles, petitions and a public inquiry. One activist said the new mine contradicts the Welsh Assembly Government's aim to be carbon neutral by 2020. Campaign groups, such as Residents Against Ffos-y-fran, have also complained about the noise, dust and health effects of the mining. Some of the nearby houses are only 36 metres away from the edge of the mine.

How did Miller Argent respond?

Miller Argent's joint managing director Stephen Tillman was quoted on the BBC website as saying: 'They are quite free and able to protest and no-one is going to stop them, as long as it remains lawful.' The South Wales Police said it aimed to balance campaigners' right to protest with the mine's right to operate.

How did the media cover it?

The Ecologist covered the protest. The BBC website also wrote an article quoting the climate camp activists, the South Wales Police and Miller Argent.

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