Quarrying and mining
A joint response from Campaign to Protect Rural England and Protect Kent to the Department of Energy and Climate Change consulation
CPRE's response supports the development of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as an interim technology, but not at the expense of investment in more sustainable renewable energy. We are concerned that new coal extraction will accelerate before CCS technology is available, diverting funds away from wave, tidal and offshore wind power, and commiting the UK to dirty coal for the next 40 years.
The purpose of this response by CPRE to the Communities and Local Government is to provide additional detail on how the National Planning Policy Framework should treat the issue of minerals planning.
Opencast coal-mining has undergone a recent resurgence in the UK, mainly due to the increase in global coal and gas prices. Mining companies and power stations are increasingly looking to opencast mines to provide a cheaper supply of coal - expensive imports currently account for 70 % of coal burned in the UK.
Not only do opencast mines deface some of our finest landscapes and wreck tranquillity, they can have a devastating effect on nearby communities and wildlife, while hindering efforts to reduce CO2 emissions.