Banks Group comment re protesters on site at Bradley

February 28, 2020 | Bradley News

Pictured above: Mark Dowdall, Director Environment and Community

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at The Banks Group, says: “We totally condemn the irresponsible invasion of the Bradley site by the reckless XR activists who have travelled from all over the UK, haven’t the faintest idea about the local area or why we still need industrial coal to supply essential UK industry

“These privileged fools a risk to themselves and others and are deliberately preventing our skilled, hard-working local workforce from earning the wages they need to put food on their families’ tables – and all the while, they are exacerbating the very problem they’re looking to solve.

“Until viable alternatives are in place, five to six million tonnes of coal will still be needed each year in the UK as a raw material for our steel and cement industries, and domestic production of this essential mineral offsets the amount of coal that British industry is forced to import, which brings with it significantly higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions.

“The ill-informed XR protestors, most of whom are once again from outside the area, who know very little about it and who are causing more disturbance to local residents than our operations ever have, would be more effective protesting against imports of Russian, American and Australian coal rather than counter-productively threatening much-needed regional investment and the livelihoods of hard-working northern families.”

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