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Plans for mining in west Cumbria unveiled to public

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.

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West Cumbria coal mine could open in 2018

Mining could return in 2018. Credit: PA

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.

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