Campaign News

“Trial of the Valley”: Local residents stage their objections to the Nant Llesg opencast mine proposals

Local residents and campaigners against the proposals for an opencast mine at Nant Llesg at the top of the picturesque Rhymney Valley have today (27 January 2015) staged a protest at Caerphilly County Borough Council’s offices before a decision on the planning application for the mine is due to be heard.

As part of the protest, local residents staged a mock ‘Trial of the Valley’ where performers shared their concerns about the impact an opencast mine would have on the â

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Proposals to undertake a 17-year open cast mining operation at Nant Llesg on the edge of Rhymney could create a £28.7m-a-year hole in the local economy, lead to significant job losses and undermine efforts to attract new inward investment, according to a report published today by the Welsh Economy Research Unit (WERU) at Cardiff University.

The proposal by mining firm Miller Argent, which also operates the Ffos-y-Fran open cast mine in Merthyr, was submitted last month to Caerphilly County Council. â

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Open-and-shut case: Our politicians need to weigh up the economic arguments carefully before deciding the future of open cast mining in Wales

[This article was originally published on Saturday 22 September 2012 in the Western Mail]

One year on from the Gleision colliery disaster, the physical dangers associated with coal mining have been well documented. Meanwhile, sites across the South Wales Valleys are being considered for ‘safer’ open-cast mines, with developers promising jobs and prosperity for local communities. Professor Malcolm Prowle has spent 30 years studying the impacts of large scale industrial projects and feels that Wales is standing at a cross-roads.â

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Online video exposes the real impact of open cast mining

A short video, filmed to highlight the negative impact of open cast mining on local communities in south Wales, has been released on the internet today.

The 3-minute film, produced by campaign group Green Valleys Alliance, focuses on proposals for an open cast mine at Nant Llesg, at the top of the Rhymney valley. The video contrasts the green rolling green hills that exist today with footage from a working open cast mine just a few miles away at Ffos-y-Fran, â

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Rhymney business pledges to lead fight against open cast proposals

Today (17th July 2012) sees the launch of a new campaign group that aims to convince political decision makers of the strength of feeling in the upper Rhymney valley against proposals to develop a huge open cast mine at Nant Llesg - just metres away from the town of Rhymney.

Over the coming weeks, the Green Valleys Alliance will raise awareness of the real impact of the proposed open cast mine at Nant Llesg and take up the fight on â

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