Activists Chain Themselves To Train Tracks To Protest Apple, Duke Energy

Four protesters handcuffed themselves to train tracks to block a coal shipment headed to Duke Energy’s plant outside of Charlotte, N.C., WCNC.com reports.   

The activists, from Greenpeace and three other environmental groups, also protested Apple —which will use coal from the Duke plant to power the expansion of its North Carolina data centre— by plastering train cars with the iconic logo.

According to Greenpeace:

The train is carrying coal extracted from the mountains of Appalachia using the most destructive form of mining, mountain top removal. Mountaintop removal coal will be burned at the Marshall coal plant, sold to the North Carolina grid, and will eventually be used to power Apple’s Maiden, NC data centre, currently under construction.

Six people were arrested following the demonstration, which coincides with Duke Energy’s annual shareholder’s meeting. About 50 protesters gathered in front of the utility company’s headquarters before the meeting this morning.    

Check out photos from the blockade below, courtesy of WCNC:

Coal Protest

Photo: WCNC.com

Coal Protest

Photo: WCNC.com

Coal Protest

Photo: WCNC.com

Coal Protest

Photo: WCNC.com

Coal Protest

Photo: WCNC.com

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