Taking Action ... Black Wood Solidarity Camp vs UK Coal

Protesters: Black Wood Solidarity Camp Target: UK Coal Location: Blair House, Fife Date: 22 March

Anti-mine protest
Anti-mine protest


The lowdown

About 30 members of Black Wood Solidarity Camp protested at a site in Fife that is due to be developed as an open cast coal mine later this year. UK Coal plans to start moving earth from the site at the beginning of the summer, with coal mining to start in early autumn.

Why the protest?

In a statement on its website, the group said: 'If we are to have any chance of limiting dangerous climate change and protecting communities from carbon-intensive industries, we must take matters into our own hands.' It also said nearly 150 people objected to the planning application for the coal mine but Fife Council disregarded their views.

How did UK Coal respond?

UK Coal told the media that there were measures in place to protect wildlife when development plans go ahead. It also said the protesters were not causing any damage, nuisance or holding up plans on the site, but that they were just making their feelings known.

How did the media cover it?

The BBC News website did not quote the protesters, but said it understood them to be the same group that held up work for seven months at an open cast site in South Lancashire last year. Horticulture Week said the activists were protesting against tree felling at the site. Dunfermline Press and STV said green protesters had climbed trees and set up camp at the site.

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