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9 May 2016

Steven Morris, Guardian (UK)

UK: Climate protest at Miller Argent-run mine halts operations

"Climate protesters invade UK's largest opencast coalmine," 3 May 2016

Hundreds of environmental activists have invaded the UK’s largest opencast coalmine and halted operations…[G]roups of protesters crossed barbed wire fences to gain access to Ffos-y-fran mine…in south Wales…The action in Wales marks the start of a global wave of direct action coordinated by the group Reclaim the Power supporting a transition away from fossil fuels in 13 countries…Hannah Smith, on site at the action, said...“Continuing to dig up coal is a red line for the climate that we won’t allow governments and corporations to cross…”…Alice Hooker-Stroud, leader of the Wales Green Party, said: “…Fossil fuels must stay in the ground…There is huge potential for renewables in Wales...”…[Mine operator] Miller Argent [part of Gwent Investments] declined to talk to the Guardian…The company…aims to extract up to 11m tonnes in all. It says it has created “high quality jobs” for more than 200 people…It has put forward plans to open a second mine nearby at Nant Llesg…