Report by Greg Hoare
Plans to bring more than 500 mining jobs to west Cumbria are moving forwards.
West Cumbria Mining intends to create a coking coal mine off the coast near Whitehaven.
The company says there is more than 750 million tonnes of coal across the area, and it plans to produce two to three million tonnes of hard to semi-soft coking coal a year.
The coal would be sold to steel companies in the UK and Europe, and the man behind the plan, CEO Mark Kirkbride, says a recent steel industry slump shouldn't affect their plans.
West Cumbria Mining has completed a pre-feasibility study into the project, which it calls a "major milestone".
The company's plans have been on display at the site of the former Haig Museum in Whitehaven.
ITV Border spoke to local people who were scrutinising the designs; some were concerned about the environmental impact, as well as the impact on the local landscape.
Others were dubious about the amount of coal in the area, which West Cumbria Mining says it plans to extract.
But for many more, the prospect of a major new employer in an area which, in recent years, has been reliant on Sellafield Ltd, is seen as a positive thing.
West Cumbria has a rich history when it comes to mining.
The company behind this attempt to rekindle the industry intends to put a planning application in early next year.
If that's successful, they hope to be mining by 2019.