Northumberland approved Banks' surface mine plan

Northumberland County Council has approved Banks Mining Group's planned surface mine at Widdrington Station, claiming the employment it would bring and the ability to source indigenous coal outweighed any medium-term environmental impacts.

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Banks' 95ha surface mine at Ferneybeds Farm has been approved (credit: Banks Group)
Banks' 95ha surface mine at Ferneybeds Farm has been approved (credit: Banks Group)

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