The most treasured place in Scotland? It's a defunct coal mine, claims survey

A DISUSED Victorian coal mine was yesterday named the most treasured place in Scotland, in a poll of iconic images.

UK Coal flags commitment to mining

THE UK's biggest coal producer says it is committed to improving performance at its mining operations and expects to take advantage of rising coal prices.

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Flags lowered in miners' memory

A LOCAL authority will fly its flags at half-mast next month to mark the 40th anniversary of a mining disaster.

The pits and the pendulum

FROM his constituency office in Dalkeith, David Hamilton gazes out over a town once known for coal mining but now seen by many as a place you pass through quickly en route to Edinburgh.

Power station to use gas to avert crisis

ONE of Scotland's biggest power stations is to be given permission to use gas as well as coal to help prevent an energy crisis, it emerged yesterday.

£11m loss for Scottish Resources

SCOTLAND'S largest coal producer, Scottish Resources, says it has seen a "marked improvement in trading" as it fights to recover from a major operating loss.

New coal-fired power plant plan

A FORMAL application was submitted yesterday for the UK's first new coal-fired power station in more than 20 years. The £1 billion scheme is being put forward by E.ON UK.

Taxpayers will fork out £2.2m for green machine to help move coal on Europe's longest conveyer belt

MORE than £2 million in public money is to be given to a firm building a seven-mile conveyor belt linking a Scottish coal mine to a railway line, it emerged yesterday.

MP's call for miners' day

LIVINGSTON Labour MP Jim Devine today called for the establishment of a Scottish Miners Memorial Day.

UK coal hit by production alert

UK COAL, Britain's biggest coal producer, has warned that production delays and the impact of a fatal accident at one of its five deep mines during the third quarter will push it into a group loss for the full year.

UK Coal in return to profit

UK COAL, the country's biggest coal producer, is back making a profit for the first time in three years, and forecast further progress as it renegotiates contracts at current high prices.

Hundreds of protesters on march to shut power station

HUNDREDS of demonstrators marched on Britain's biggest coal-fired power station today in a bid to shut it down amid disputed claims that protesters were occupying a lighting tower inside the plant.

High gas and electricity prices set the home fires burning

TRADITIONAL coal fires and wood burners are undergoing a resurgence in popularity as householders try to avoid rising gas and electricity bills, energy experts have reported.

UK Coal chiefs predict a rich seam of profit

COAL producer UK Coal is on track to post an interim pre-tax profit of £7 million against losses of £31m a year earlier.

We need to add an ethical dimension to energy policy

ENERGY policy, like the proverbial supertanker, takes time to change direction. But, given the increasing seriousness of climate change, we do not have very much time.

Green revolution is heralded for Scotland

Key quote "The cost of renewables is going down and the price of fossil fuel-based electricity is going up. In the long-term, these will be seen as an asset for a property in the same way as insulation is seen as an asset." - EXECUTIVE SPOKESMAN

Mining tragedy memorial shines after facelift

WORK has been completed on the refurbishment of a memorial to a mining disaster in Penicuik that claimed the lives of 69 people.

Black mark as UK set to fall 'well short' of carbon goal

THE Government is set to miss its 20 per cent carbon reduction goal by 2010 by a large margin, according to a report out today.

Dig deeply into story of old king coal

FACES filthy with dust and streaked with sweat, they lay on their backs hacking at the black coal-face in front of them, their pick axes guided only by the light of their Davy lamps. It was backbreaking work, fraught with danger from a sudden explosion of gas or a tunnel collapse.

Call to harness the power of wood for heating needs

A SIMPLIFIED grants scheme is needed to encourage more people to harness the heating power of "biomass" fuels such as wood, MSPs said yesterday.

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