Stephenson Halliday, commissioned by West Cumbria Mining, submitted notifications of intention to develop four exploratory boreholes in West Cumbria, UK.

The boreholes were the first stage to determine the quality and extent of the coal bed throughout the St Bees area of West Cumbria and offshore. According to West Cumbria Mining data, there are about 750 million tonnes of coking coal resources in the area. Coking coal is used for producing steel and in thermal power stations to produce energy. Following the submissions made by Stephenson Halliday, Cumbria County Council has confirmed that the boreholes do not require express planning permission.