19.08.15 Last deep coal mine to close

Posted on August 19, 2015
Archive : August 2015
Category : Energy News

The very last of the UK's deep pit coal mines, Kellingley Colliery near Castleford in Yorkshire, will close in December. This follows two other deep pit mine closures in July. Huge reserves of coal still remain at Kellingley but the pit can no longer compete with cheap imports (largely thanks to US gas fracking which has caused a worldwide glut of unwanted coal), increases in carbon tax on electricity generated by burning coal and the rapid growth of green energy. Around a third of our electricity is still generated by coal-fired power stations but the coal used is imported. If other retired pits are anything to go by then the land at Kellingley pit will probably become a nature reserve or a new woodland open to the public. There's an in-depth piece on the demise of deep pit coal mining on the BBC's Newsnight programme which you can view until 14th September 2015 by clicking here.

Source: www.bbc.co.uk – to read the BBC article which accompanies the Newsnight programme please click here