On national television news tonight we were given a stunning announcement. More open cast mines were being considered for the Douglas valley in Scotland.Douglas is a small village in the Clydesdale area near lanark and in the district of South lanarkshire. it is a village steeped in history: named after the "Black Douglas" a soldier who carried the heart of Robert the Bruce into battle.It also boasts the small historic church of St Brides and has had an association with the covenanters. The countryside round this charming little village used to boast Black Grouse, Curlew, Tawny Owl and Marsh harriers amongst loads of other wild life.This now ia all in doubt as more and more open cast mines are dug to extract coal from the ground. it is an easy way to mine for coal, no danger from underground explosions or tunnels collapsing. Unfortunatly the countryside which has been growing and developing for thousands of years totally disappears.Heavy goods traffic increases on roads, and in this part of the country they are narrow twisting roads,not suited at all for heavy trucks.Some locals like the mines because they are being paid big money for their efforts, cant blame them for that. It is a rather short sighted view though, what happens when the coal runs out? All that will be left are huge holes ,scars and indentations in the landscape. No matter that the companies concerened will renew the landscape: it will never be the same again.Once again money talks and countryside suffers. Their ia a protest prescence in Douglas to try to curtail the expansion of the mines.Whether this protest is successful or not remains to be seen, but it shows that their is definate resentment against this type of mining.