The end of "King Coal" in the Wales

Future coal mining applications are set to be rejected as a matter of policy for the first time in Wales. New proposed planning rules, which are due to be finalised by the Welsh Government by the end of the year, would only allow permission under "wholly exceptional circumstances". There are two major opencast operations currently in production in Wales: Ffos y Fran and East Pit. The Welsh Government said they were analysing consultation responses. Haf Elgar, director of Friends of the Earth Cymru, said: "It is a historic moment. This is the end of coal in Wales after a long association and history." She added: "We have to be aware of our global responsibility and the impact all of the coal has had over the years and to make sure that we really do play our part in Wales now to be globally responsible and to reduce our carbon emissions," The chairman of Tower Colliery, Tyrone O'Sullivan, which is in the process of restoring its own opencast site in Hirwaun in the Cynon Valley after six years of production, said the decision to "sacrifice" coal was a mistake. A Welsh Government spokesperson said: "The consultation on our Draft Planning Policy closed on 18 May and we are currently analysing the responses. We intend to publish our Planning Policy Wales by the end of the year."

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End of industry which once employed more than 270,000 workers. 

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Translate: Building your future energy through investment in renewables.

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The renewable agenda is among the more important agendas. Simply asking people and corporations to stop polluting is hardly going to generate much progress. Coal belongs to the past.

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Considering Wales' deep and proud history of coal mining this is for them a big, big step! Most likely, a turning point for a safer future.

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Coal and bad memories. The Aberfan Disaster killed 116 children and 28 adults.
On Friday morning, the 21st October 1966, a wave of coal waste slid down the Aberfan Valley.... 

 

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On ‎10‎/‎19‎/‎2018 at 4:07 AM, rainman said:

Translate: Building your future energy through investment in renewables.

 

On ‎10‎/‎19‎/‎2018 at 4:13 AM, damirUSBiH said:

The renewable agenda is among the more important agendas. Simply asking people and corporations to stop polluting is hardly going to generate much progress. Coal belongs to the past.

Sorry guys but no. This means the end of coal mining in Wales, but the cost structures mean that mining is probably not economic in Wales in any case, particularly as gas has been squeezing out coal fired stations in the UK. There international trade is doing well. Half of the world's coal is dug up in China, but it still wants more from Australia and Indonesia. Japan, which has shown no real interest in renewables but is closing down nuclear plants, is also a major customer. Both China and India are building coal plants like no-body's business, and the internal price for both thermal and smelting coal is doing well. Sorry but no end for coal in sight. 

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