Coal from planned Cumbria mine may go outside UK and EU, inquiry told

Coal from planned Cumbria mine may go outside UK and EU, inquiry told

Opponents say document contradicts company’s claim it will principally supply industries closer to home

The coal extracted from the planned Cumbrian mine may go further overseas, rather than be used in Britain and the EU as the company has claimed, the public inquiry into the scheme heard on its opening day.

West Cumbria Mining’s (WCM) proposals to extract 2.7m tonnes of metallurgical coal a year from a site off the Cumbrian coast at St Bees are being examined by the Planning Inspectorate.

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