The Express is calling on the government to help secure the future of Kellingley Colliery and its 700 workers.
This week we have launched a petition backed by MPs, union representatives and the community urging ministers to step in and save the under-threat pit from closure.
Site owners UK Coal are facing a cost crisis following the closure of their Daw Mill mine in Warwickshire, which was ravaged by a fire earlier this year.
The Express is now backing UK Coal in its efforts to work with the government to help save the future of its deep mine at Weeland Road, and we are urging our readers to join the fight.
Backing our campaign, Yvette Cooper, MP, said: “We need the government to do its bit.
“I have spoken repeatedly to energy ministers to urge the government to work with UK Coal to support jobs and our pits.
“We need to show how strong the support still is in this area for the coal industry that has been part of our history and community for so long.
“That’s why I’m backing the Express’ petition to support Kellingley Colliery.”
Nigel Adams, whose Selby constituency includes the pit, said: “Kellingley has the potential of being a profitable pit and in my view it’s essential that everything is done possible to keep it open.
“I will ensure that ministers are made acutely aware of any positive campaign by the community to keep Kellingley open.”
Keith Hartshorne, vice chairman of the Yorkshire branch of the National Union of Mineworkers, has worked at the mine for 25 years.
He said: “The help is appreciated. We have got a valuable mine which still produces goods, so the more people that are aware of it and the more backing we have got, the more chance we have.”
Andrew Mackintosh, communications director for UK Coal, thanked those who have supported the company in recent months.
He added: “Our negotiations continue with all parts of government and other interested parties, as we continue to look for a way forward for Kellingley and our other mines.
“The support we’ve had from everyone over the last few weeks is much appreciated. I’d also like to thank the Express – their support has been very important to us as it has helped us show the important role that Kellingley plays in keeping the lights on.”
Visit www.ipetitions.com/petition/keep-kellingley-colliery-open/ to sign the petition.