The Chief Executive of a company hoping to open a new underground coal mine in west Cumbria says it could open at the end of 2018.
Mark Kirkbride, of West Cumbria Mining, says around one billion tonnes of coking coal could be on the coastline near Whitehaven.
People in west Cumbria will be able to find out more about plans to bring coal mining back to the area this weekend.
West Cumbria Mining are hosting a public open day at Whitehaven's Haig Pit to give an update on their scheme to extract coal from under the Irish Sea.
A mining company says its exploratory drilling for zinc in the Pennines is looking very promising.
The drilling is taking place in the Nenthead area, near Alston.
It was once a big mining area and in its time had one of the most productive lead mines in the country.
Canadian company Minco wants to bring mining back to the area around Nenthead if the mineral supplies are sufficient.
It could lead to the creation of between 300 and 500 jobs.
The exploratory work is expected to take several years.
A miners' wheel was unveiled in Kirkconnel as part of this year's 'Day of the Region' celebrations. The monument, on Polveoch Terrace, just off the main street, was opened by councillors, children and local people.
Fiona McIlwraith reports.
A miners wheel has been unveiled in Kirkconnel to launch a weekend of activities throughout Dumfries and Galloway to highlight what rural communities have to offer.
Local primary pupils joined others from the area to unveil the sculpture for the Day of the Region celebrations.
Dumfries and Galloway's 'Day of the Region' is being launched in the old mining town of Kirkconnel today.
A miner's wheel is being unveiled to mark the start of the project, which encourages communities to make the most of what's on their doorstep.
More than 250 events, funded by the Dumfries and Galloway LEADER project, will take place in ten communities on Saturday.