8 March 2013
Daw Mill: MP calls for colliery to be 'mothballed' following early closure"The miners are devastated. They come out the school gates into the pit gates and that was it - it's all they've ever known."
He added that the amount of coal underground goes "all the way to Oxford".'They are experts'
Mr Meuse, who said he feels "empty", is concerned for the workers, but particularly the younger miners who are beginning their working life.
He said: "I'm 55, who wants a 55-year old miner with a bad back and bad hands?
Conservative Marcus Jones, MP for Nuneaton, has called for the colliery to be mothballed rather than completely closed in case anything can be done in the future.'British Coal days'
He said: "I'm absolutely devastated, but more than anything, the priority are the people who work at Daw Mill and their families… We must do all that we can now to support those people that are going to lose their jobs.
"We will do all we can to assist anyone who needs our help and will be working with others to see what the implications are for the area. "
Conservative MP for North Warwickshire and Bedworth, Dan Byles, said he has spoken with Energy Minister John Hayes, who is "adamant" that his department, and UK Coal, will do all they can to support the miners and local communities.
7 March 2013Daw Mill: Hundreds of jobs go at fire-hit mine
UK Coal said last month's fire had been the largest at a UK coal mine in more than 30 years and was continuing to burn "ferociously".
Over the past year, the company has announced restructuring programmes at the mine and in August it said it was "unlikely" the mine would remain open after 2014.
At the time, UK Coal said it had made overall losses of £20.6m in the six months to 30 June, with Daw Mill contributing to a 20% fall in production.
About 56 million tonnes of coal is estimated to remain at the site.
Mr McCullough said: "This has been a terrible week, not just for the company and its employees but also for the energy security of the country, as it brings an end to 47 years of coal production at Daw Mill.
"Having successfully completed the restructuring, and being only weeks away from returning to healthy production, this ferocious fire has dealt a blow to everything we tried to achieve over the last 12 months - in just 10 days."
He said deep mines at Kellingley, in North Yorkshire, and Thoresby, in Nottinghamshire, along with surface mines, would continue to produce coal for use in power stations across the UK.
He said: "I can understand UK Coal's situation. The fire in the mine is at dangerous levels and it could blow at any time and that's what they are worried about.
"The one plus from this is that there were no men trapped in the mine by the fire, and you don't want to put anyone else at risk."'Known nothing else'
Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones called for the colliery to be mothballed rather than completely closed.
He said: "We've got redeployment under way we've moved probably about 50-100 people, but unfortunately for the vast majority, we just won't be able to deploy everybody."
25 February 2013Daw Mill coal mining may end after 'ferocious' fire
"Given it will now be closed for a number of months, the reality of us ever getting in there to mine commercially again is very very slim," said Mr McCullough.
The fire was caused by spontaneous combustion at an old coalface where salvage work was being carried out, said UK Coal.
'Unprecedented in scale'
Mr McCullough, the company's chief executive, said 96 miners were initially evacuated.
A team of 14 remained underground to try to bring the fire under control.
He said: "We deal with these fires regularly but this one was unprecedented in its scale and it became clear to keep the men underground was not the right thing to do and they were safely evacuated.
"The suddenness of the fire and its ferocity is something we train for and hope never to see, so the safe evacuation of over 100 miners is something the whole team can be proud of."
Mr McCullough said the fire was still burning on Monday morning, although it was showing signs of subsiding.
He said staff were able to work on the surface of the mine at Arley, near Coventry, but management teams were assessing the future of the site.
The colliery's closure could lead to the loss of about 800 jobs.
Marcus Jones, Conservative MP for Nuneaton, said he was talking to the mine's owner and unions and was "hopefully" meeting ministers to discuss the future of the site.
"There needs to be a dialogue to try to make sure that we help the people affected by the tragedy," he said.
Oh dear......hope this does not mean the end for another one?
UK COAL PLC
UK COAL PLC ("UK COAL" or the "Company") today announces that, as a result of the fatal accident last week at its Daw Mill mine, caused by a fall of ground, the Health and Safety Executive ("HSE") has issued an order which calls for a systematic review of ground control requirements in an area of the mine associated with the current production phase. At the present time, it is estimated this will mean production at Daw Mill will be restricted for some four weeks. No other operations will be affected.
UK COAL adheres to the highest standards of safety and deeply regrets the fatal accident.
The National Union of Mineworkers is extremely saddened at the loss of yet another miner's life at Daw Mill colliery in Warickshire and expresses its heartfelt sympathy with his relatives, friends and work colleagues.
UK Coal yesterday insisted there was no fundamental flaw in safety procedures at Daw Mill Colliery, despite the mine suffering its third fatality in eight months on Wednesday night.
Colliery on track for record output• Rise in commodity prices makes new mines viable
shows King Coal is striving to regain crown
• Expansion at risk from environmental concerns
"This is a remarkable achievement and shows our mining skills are world class," said Jon Lloyd, chief executive of UK Coal, which runs Daw Mill and four other deep mines. The production rise comes at a time when at least 14 companies have applied to develop 58 new opencast mines in Britain, giving coal its biggest boost in 30 years. Much of the industry was closed down after the disastrous strike in 1984 and 1985.
There are now 680 miners working at Daw Mill and the company is looking at whether it can extend working there to exploit a further 40m tonnes of coal. A further 40m tonnes could be accessed at Harworth if UK Coal obtains positive results from the boreholes and a separate seismic survey. If Harworth re-starts, at an estimated cost of £200m, it would provide work for 400 skilled miners at the Welbeck colliery near Mansfield which is due to close at the end of next year.