Reopening of a coal mine in Cumbria will create around 500 well-paid jobs, but with an inevitable environmental impact will people jump at the opportunity?
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.
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