Keep Kellingley Colliery Open
The Pontefract and Castleford Express is calling on the government to help secure the future of Kellingley Colliery. Around 700 staff at the UK Coal-owned site are facing the axe due to a cost crisis caused by a fire which devastated another mine in March. The closure of the Daw Mill site in Warkwickshire cost UK Coal £35m and also stacked up losses of £100m in equipment and £160m in coal. The impact of the fire has put UK Coal in jeopardy and the company is in talks with government ministers, the pensions regulator, and customers and suppliers to secure the future of its deep mines - including Kellingley on Weeland Road - as well as its six surface mines. The Express is backing UK Coal, Kellingley Colliery and its workforce in the bid to save the company and the pit. All reports from the Express coverage and this petition will be presented to UK Coal. The government bailed out the bankers - we want to see the same happen for a historic British industry and its workforce. If you would like to show your support please sign the petition.