Rising Tide DC activists assist in blocking coal train to Duke Energy near Charlotte, NC

On the 3ed of May, seven anti-coal activists, one from DC Rising Tide, were arrested after blocking a delivery of coal to the Duke Energy power plant at Terrel, N Carolina. All were charged with misdemeanors.

Video posted to Youtube NOT embedded here to prevent Google from tracking users of this site

A video was published on Youtube demanding that Apple stop buying electricity to run their data centers from power plants like this big Duke Energy plant.This plant had their rail line for coal trains blockaded, with demands that they stop using mountaintop removal coal or that Apple stop buying their electricity.

The blockade was sucessful in preventing an entire trainload of coal from being delivered to the power plant. It consisted of modified steel lockboxes that clamped around the rails and were secured by having activist’s arms locked inside. A banner across the rails strung between two tripods was also included to improve warning time to train operators of the exact location of the blockade.

Although surely the train operators had been notified of the blockade, the banner showing the exact position was a safety requirement, given the long stopping distance of a train loaded with coal.

Greenpeace issued a press release crediting Greenpeace, Radical Action for Mountain People’s Survival, Katuah Earth First! and Keepers of the Mountains Foundation for the protest


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