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Druridge Bay mine 'an act of vandalism' say campaigners

A decision will be made on Tuesday by Northumberland County Council on whether an open cast mine at Druridge Bay can go ahead.

Campaigners, are concerned about the impact on the environment, local wildlife and tourism.

Dr David Golding from Newcastle University says he was horrified when he heard of the plans.

Banks Mining, who want to open the mine, say they've invested in Northumberland for thee decades and will create 100 jobs.

"While we have been part of the wider drive to increase the amount of energy generated by indigenous renewable means, the fact remains that, at least in the medium term, coal will continue to be an important part of the UK's energy mix. In the last year, around 25% of the electricity that we all used was produced through coal, yet over 85% of that coal was imported from overseas. "It makes far greater sense to support North East jobs, to deliver regional environmental and conservation enhancements and to provide a secure domestic supply of energy by mining our own indigenous coal reserves through carefully planned and sensitively operated schemes such as those that we run, rather than relying on imports of coal and gas from potentially-unstable overseas markets that are thousands of miles distant.

– Mark Dowdall, The Banks Group

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