The real cost of coal providing the UK with energy security is £469m … and rising

Yesterday afternoon MP’s debated the issue of un-restored opencast coal sites that exist across England, Scotland and Wales in a debate entitled “Opencast Coal Sites (Restoration)” (1)  . MP’s from Wales, Scotland and England gave example after example of where there are un- restored opencast sites, or there was a risk that current working sites would be left un-restored or only partially restored. It’s only when the sums of money quoted in the debate are totted up, that the true scale of the cost of correcting this UK wide environmental disaster becomes clear. It adds up to over a staggering £469m pounds – and is probably an underestimate!