Campaigners have welcomed public support in a campaign to save Yorkshire’s only remaining deep mined coalmine as public opposition to fracking grows. Hundreds of people in Beverley and Hill signed a local Labour Party petition on Saturday calling on the Government to save Kellingley Pit near Selby.
David Cameron recently announced that the taxpayer would fund a managed closure of the mine in 2015. But the move has been condemned by Labour which believed this will lead to increased imports of foreign coal.
Speaking today, Beverley Labour’s George McManus who organised the petition said, ‘The public expressed 2 very clear views on Saturday. They think it’s wrong to shut local pits and import more coal. They also made clear their widespread opposition to fracking which the PM says is a silver bullet for our future energy needs.’
He went on, ‘In years to come, coal will still have an important role to play in our energy supply. Both Labour and the public believe its wrong to make us more dependent on foreign sources. 1,300 miners will lose their jobs as a result of this shortsighted, politically motivated more. We urge David Cameron to change his mind.’