In 2006, despite the sustained protests of campaigners and local residents, a huge opencast mine was approved at Ffos-y-Fran, just to the east of Merthyr Tydfil. The mine has been in operation since June 2007 and continues to impact on the lives of local people.
The company that has profited from the coal extracted from Ffos-y-Fran, Miller Argent, is now submitting proposals to excavate a further 6-9 million tonnes from a second opencast mine at an area called Nant Llesg. The eastern edge of the proposed site is just a few metres away from the town of Rhymney.
Our politicians need to decide whether or not it is right to allow a second opencast mine to be developed at Nant Llesg. To do this, they need to answer one significant question…
WHAT IS THE REAL COST OF OPEN CAST MINING ON LOCAL PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES?