Climate Camp Cymru invade Nant-Helen opencast mine
Activists from Climate Camp Cymru invaded Nant Helen open cast coalmine in south Wales earlier today. Despite disproportionate policing at the 2010 camp, groups of activists persisted in their objectives to witness the destructive operations at Nant Helen open cast mine, owned by Celtic Energy.
The activists entered the coal hole at Nant Helen, where 450,000tonnes of coal per year are dug out of a hole approximately 150m deepand 1.5 x 1 km wide. Celtic Energy have applied for planning permissionfor the mine to expand. This coal is mostly destined for Aberthaw Power Station, to be burntfor electricity, which is one of the dirtiest and most carbonintensive industrial processes.
Activist Ffion Dafys said “ripping up mountains to dig holes hundredsof meters deep destroys the landscape and the localenvironment. The coal removed and burnt will generate millions oftonnes of CO2 over the next four years.
“Coal seams in Glynn Neath will continue to be exploited and extended byopen cast mining corporations like Celtic Energy, causing environmentaldestruction until these operations cease. Observing from the bottom of thecoal hole really brought home the enormity of the destruction.”