On the 21st April 2017 members Reclaim the Power and Earth First, accompanied by YLNM member group Coal Action Network, took peaceful direct action to shut down Ffos-y-fran, the UK’s largest open-pit coal mine, owned by Miller Argent Ltd.
Now these campaigners have been sentenced to pay £10,000 compensation charges to Miller Argent Ltd, after pleading guilty to aggravated trespass by shutting down Ffos-y-fran for one day. This is an attempt to silence dissent and repress action.
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By taking action that stopped operations at the mine, campaigners highlighted the threat that mining poses to neighbouring communities and the global climate – coal mining is causing irreversible damage, particularly to those least responsible, especially in the global South. That’s why the climate crisis is a racist crisis.
Coal mining is also an issue of local air pollution, lack of democracy, accountability and environmental justice. For over a decade, campaigners from Residents Against Ffos-y-fran and the United Valleys Action Group have been fighting the mine.
With the mine only 37 metres from the closest homes in Merthyr Tydfil, they are suffering from pollution, dust, noise and vibration every day. In March this year, the UN Special Rapporteur On Human Rights & Toxics called for a health inquiry into cancer and asthma rates in the communities neighbouring Ffos-y-fran, criticising the lack of government response to local complaints. Five hundred local residents have attempted to take court action against the mine, but their application was refused by the High Court as they were deemed unable to afford it.
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