Midlothian Council has granted consent for a new surface mine at Cauldhall Moor, between Rosewell and Howgate.
Hargreaves Services plc says the project will create up to 230 full time mining jobs and hundreds of additional posts in the local supply chain.
Almost 10 million tonnes of coal will be mined over a 10 year period and provide opportunities for smaller local companies.
After the planning meeting, Hargreaves Production managing director Peter Gillatt said: “This is a fantastic development and will make a considerable contribution to all our energy needs for the next 10 years.”
But campaigners say the local environment will be impacted by noise, dust and an increase in coal lorries on the roads.
Malcolm Spaven (see video), believes the plan is contrary to the council’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions.
“This would be the biggest greenhouse gas emitter in Midlothian if it goes ahead,” he said.
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