Councilors in Cumbria have kicked off the first new deep coalmine in the UK. WCM, West Cumbria Mining, wants to work in the seabed to annually dig out some 2.7 million tons of metallurgical coal. The use of coal is not for power purposes but rather only in industry sector. According to the mining company, the extracted coal will cut out imports without escalating emission levels.
This is while the Kellingley colliery in North Yorkshire, the UK’s deep coalmine shut down almost five years ago and the country’s last coalmine, the surface mine in Bradley, concluded its work.
Also, there have been protests by Extinction Rebellion to stop new coalmines to protect climate. It's reported that the coalmine will release 8 million tons of carbon per year.
Nonetheless, the chief executive of West Cumbria Mining believes that the new coalmine will create jobs and investment opportunities, which can arguably improve deteriorating economy of the place after the coronavirus pandemic.