On 22 April the Welsh Senedd recently called on the Welsh Government to:
a) instigate a moratorium on opencast mining across Wales, in order to ascertain whether planning law and current guidance provides sufficient protection for communities affected by opencast mining;
b) respond to the Research into the Failure to Restore Opencast Coal Sites in South Wales, stating specifically how it might address concerns about the workability of MTAN2 and the 500m buffer zone; and
c) support affected local authorities to make legal challenges, where required, when pursing restoration.
You can watch the debate at http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/wales-32387549.
Ahead of the vote, London Mining Network and others wrote to the Guardian in support of a moratorium on opencast coal mining.