Save Coastal Bay from Open-Pit Mining

Druridge Bay

Target: Sir Philip Dilley, Chair of United Kingdom’s Environment Agency

Goal: Stop proposed coal mine from degrading precious coastline and the health of surrounding communities

A proposed coal mine on England’s coastline threatens the integrity of a coastal bay as well as risks the health of local residents and tourists. Coal mining is a destructive process; it is a polluting and nonrenewable energy source. If the proposal for this coal mine passes, wildlife, land, water, air, and human health will all be negatively impacted. Action must be taken to protect and preserve this area of England’s coast.

A coal deposit lies dangerously close to Druridge Bay, an area of beautiful beaches, sandy dunes, and grassy meadows. The company seeking to mine the deposit, Banks Mining, wants to extract seven million tons of coal from the area. Although the company promises a restoration project after mining is complete, the land will be forever changed after the proposed ten years of coal extraction. Druridge Bay is home to terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, including a variety of migrating birds. Runoff from the mine could infiltrate the surrounding area, contaminating the local water supply with heavy metals and sulfur bearing minerals. Mining within close proximity to a natural area is not a good idea. Banks Mining cannot guarantee the safety of this area from water contamination as well as air pollution.

Known as the Highthorn Surface Mine, the area will become an open-pit, or opencast, mine. Since the mining operation will be fully exposed to the air, local residents are extremely concerned about air quality. Opencast coal mining involves blasting and drilling to extract the dirty energy source. From such an invasive and destructive process, dangerous particulates are discharged into the air. Exposure to coal mining particulates can cause irritation in the eyes, nose, and throat. Long exposure to the particulates create health problems in humans, especially the elderly and children. The most common health problems related to particulate-polluted air are cardiovascular system disorders, asthma, and other respiratory conditions.

By signing this petition, you are urging the Chair of United Kingdom’s Environment Agency to deny the request for the Highthorn Surface Mine near Druridge Bay.


Dear Sir Philip Dilley,

Druridge Bay is a beautiful and coveted area of England’s coastline. Composed of sandy beaches and grassy meadows, the bay is home to a variety of plants and wildlife as well as a popular destination for local residents and tourists alike. However, the Highthorn Surface Mine threatens the environment and human health in the area. Unwanted runoff from the mine can contaminate water supplies and mining activity can pollute the air.

Being an opencast mine, particulates from mining can infiltrate the air, degrading air quality. These particulates are harmful to human health. Short- term exposure causes irritation in the eyes, nose, and throat. Long-term exposure poses more serious risks, such as cardiovascular disease and respiratory conditions. Human health should be of main priority, not the revenue produced by this destructive coal mine.

Please take action to deny Banks Mining’s request to destroy the land for an invasive opencast mine. Druridge Bay is precious to the region. Wildlife, environmental integrity, water and air quality, and human health are all at risk from this dirty coal mine.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. The Save Druridge Group is a local campaign against the proposed open cast by Banks Group at Druridge Bay. we are delighted to have found your petition supporting our campaign. We currently have over 4000 signatures on petitions with Northumberland County Council link attached – we also have a petition with 38 degrees, link attached – There are also paper petitions running at local businesses. We appreciate any assistance in our campaign.

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