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Thousands sign petition opposing opencast mine

Nearly 45,000 people have signed a petition calling for the government to say no to plans for an opencast coal mine in Northumberland.

The scheme was put forward by Banks Mining to extract over three million tonnes of coal at Druridge Bay over a seven-year period.

It says the work would provide hundreds of jobs, but campaigners call the plans "climate-wrecking" and want to see more investment in renewable energy.

They are delivering the petition to the Communities and Local Government Secretary, James Brokenshire, today.

Earlier this month, environmental group Friends of the Earth said the mine was not needed as the UK has more coal than it needs.

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