These case studies demonstrate how flexible UK Coal plc’s designation of term ‘brownfield’ is. This designation, if unchallenged, may lead to other parties being misled and accepting the definition UK Coal plc ascribe to the land bank ‘under development’ in the Project Worth definition of what is a brown field site.
All communities and local authorities in whom UK Coal plc currently operates or seeks to operate should be aware that if UK Coal plc gains temporary permission to exploit a mineral resource, they may afterwards seek to permanently alter the use the land is put to.
UK Coal plc is still accumulating losses, possible up to £115m for the last financial year.
This is at a time when the demand for coal for generating purposes is at a low point, with stocks of coal at power stations the highest they have been for 16 years.
That the ‘material uncertainties’ surrounding UK Coal plc might result in the Government failing to attain its goal of ensuring Economic Security.
SECTION 1: REASONS FOR THE REPORT
This report was drafted before the news was released about the possible merger between UK Coal plc and Hargreaves Services. This news, plus the heightened interest being shown in UK Coal plc makes the content of this report relevant to the public in general, even though this report was initially written for a different audience.
Groups and organisations opposing opencast mining in the UK are often finding themselves pitted against UK Coal plc, the country’s largest coal producer. It is partly because this coal producer has such a pivotal role in fulfilling the need, as assessed by the Government, of providing the UK with part of its energy security that this report has been written. This report attempts a deeper analysis of the company’s trends for past, present and future coal production. The report also investigates arguments that the company is more concerned to develop its property portfolio that to mine coal.
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