A night of dirty talk as mine and coal are on the agenda

A map of the proposed site.
A map of the proposed site.

Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth and the Save Druridge campaign have teamed up to present A Night of Dirty Coal Talk next week.

It comes ahead of an expected planning application this year from Banks Mining for its proposed Highthorn opencast mine, between Widdrington Station and Druridge Bay.

At the event, campaigners from Save Druridge will share their views about the possible impact of the mine on residents of the surrounding villages, visitors to the bay and local businesses which depend on tourism.

The evening will also include a showing of On Coal River, a film about how locals in the Appalachian Mountains in the USA took on a corporate coal-mining Goliath – and won.

There will also be a chance to see the short film Coal Face, directed by notable Ealing Studios director Alberto Cavalcanti and scripted and narrated by WH Auden.

Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth co-ordinator Lisa Bellamy said: “Coal is the dirtiest, most high-carbon form of fossil fuel – and we need to leave 80 per cent of all fossil fuels in the ground to avoid catastrophic climate change.”

Mark Dowdall, from Banks, said: “Coal is and will remain a central part of the UK’s energy mix for the foreseeable future.

“It makes far greater sense to support local jobs in Northumberland, to deliver environmental and conservation enhancements and to provide a secure supply of energy for the UK by mining our own indigenous coal reserves through carefully-planned and sensitively operated schemes such as Highthorn rather than relying on imports of coal and gas from potentially-unstable overseas markets.”

A Night of Dirty Coal Talk starts at 7.30pm on Friday, September 11, at St James’ Church Centre, Alnwick.

Free entry, but donations welcome. Refreshments will be available.