Thursday October 30th 2014
Northern council chiefs have permitted plans to dig 290,000 additional tonnes of coal at a North-East surface mine.
Banks Mining, part of Durham City-based Banks Group, asked the council for permission to work an additional area on the western side of its existing Shotton surface mine in Northumberland.
The new coal extraction plan will take roughly two years and will sustain about 150 jobs.
Banks’ Environment and Community Director, Mark Dowdall, has said:
“Coal will remain a central part of the UK’s energy mix for the foreseeable future, with production from appropriate domestic sites such as Shotton and Brenkley Lane being far more desirable from an economic, employment and environmental point of view than relying on imports from often-unstable overseas markets.
“We have worked successfully in this part of Northumberland for more than three decades, and the Shotton Triangle and South West projects will help us reinforce our position as one of the county’s largest private sector employers.”