Plans to build an open-cast mine near Druridge Bay, a popular beach in Northumberland, England, have been rejected following a seven-year campaign by local residents and environmental groups. In a written statement, the office of secretary of state Robert Jenrick said the proposal was “not environmentally acceptable”. Banks Group had wanted to extract 2.765 million tonnes of coal at the site. “It was really important for global action on climate change that the decision went this way,” said Anne Harris from the Coal Action Network. “We need to stop ...


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