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Greenpeace protests Bush's clean air policy at local power plant
Six Greenpeace activists climbed a 700 smoke stack of the Hatfield’s ferry power plant on Wednesday to protest the Bush administrations policy towards clean air. Hatfield is a coal fired power plant located 50 miles south of Pittsburgh on the Greene/Fayette county line and is owned by Allegheny Power.
The activists scaled the smoke stack early Wednesday morning. Around 1pm they unveiled a 122 foot long banner with a skull and cross bones wearing a cowboy hat and saying “WARNING The Bush Energy Plan Kills CLEAN ENERGY NOW”. The activists remained there till 9:30pm when they began to climb down. They were arrested when they reached the bottom and were arraigned early Thursday morning. They face 7 charges which include burglary, criminal trespassing and rioting. The FBI is also investigating if they broke any federal homeland security laws as well.
On their website, Greenpeace claims that Hatfield is “the fifth worst sulfur dioxide polluter in the country and one of the nation’s greatest emitters of nitrogen oxide and mercury” according to 2000-2002 statistics. Greenpeace also states that Hatfield’s Ferry was under investigation for violations of the Clear Air Act by the Department of Justice. And that this investigation was dropped under the Bush Administration.
Greenpeace has posted press release of the event which can be seen here…
Their informational webpage about Hatfield’s ferry can be seen here…..
Mainstream media links about the story can be seen here…..
|bend over, Greenpeace||Irving||Friday, Jul. 23, 2004 at 8:39 AM|
|Want to Help out?||Nisha||Thursday, Jul. 08, 2004 at 11:14 AM|
|and here is Greenpeace's statement||Jeff Mann||Wednesday, Jun. 30, 2004 at 2:21 PM|
|followup on the smokestack protest||Jeff Mann||Wednesday, Jun. 30, 2004 at 2:18 PM|
|wtf?||huh?||Saturday, Jun. 26, 2004 at 9:29 PM|
|yay||peppy||Saturday, Jun. 26, 2004 at 1:59 PM|
|.||.||Thursday, Jun. 24, 2004 at 8:05 PM|