Monday, November 30, 2009

Cliffside Power Plant Protest

The Associated Press is reporting that protesters against coal power attached themselves Monday to a nearly 1 million pound generator part bound for North Carolina.

Duke Energy said the protest in a South Carolina parking lot shouldn't slow the three-month trip to move the equipment, called a stator, from a port in the southern part of the state to a power generating plant under construction near Cliffside, N.C.

The part had been parked in a lot near Greenville for about a week when four protesters scaled a fence around 8:45 a.m. Monday and climbed to the top of the massive piece of equipment and refused to get down, Greenville County Master Deputy Melissia McKinney said.

The protesters unfurled a banner that said "Stop Cliffside" before two of them were arrested, said Attila Nemecz, spokesman for Asheville Rising Tide, which staged the protest.

Notice the Stevens Towing Tug in the background? Steven's Towing has been around longer than most of us have been alive.

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