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“Richmond VA – At 7:55am Tuesday morning, activists with Blue Ridge Earth First! established a blockade at the entrance to Dominion Power’s James River headquarters. Three youth activists locked themselves to one another, blocking both lanes of the only road in and out of the office complex for close to an hour. Supporters stood-by holding signs and banners demanding “No Coal for Virginia”. This action was done in solidarity with the growing campaign challenging Dominion’s proposed coal-fired power plant in Wise County, VA.
The youth activists maintained the blockade for approximately an hour and a half. After 45 minutes, the police dragged the three locked down to the side of the road, thus permitting Dominion employees to pass to work. After the blockade, the three activists locked down received a summons for blocking traffic.
Participants traveled from all corners of the state for this action. They represent the youth voice opposed to Dominion’s coal-fired power plant. “Climate change is jeopardizing my future and I’m not going to just sit by and let Dominion lock us into another generation of dirty coal,” added Marley Green, a student who participated in the roadblock. The youth movement has been gaining momentum around this campaign, demanding Dominion and Virginia politicians implement clean, renewable energy in place of dirty coal.
“It’s clear that if this power plant is going to be stopped, we the people are going to have to stop it,” said Hannah Morgan, a former Wise County resident and current landowner who was locked down in the blockade.
Since Dominion announced its plans for the plant in 2006, protests, petitions, public comments, and other displays of opposition have poured out from communities across the state. If built, the power plant would release 5.4 million tons of CO2 annually, making it one of the biggest polluters in the state. The plant would also emit other greenhouse gases, 49 pounds of mercury, and other dangerous pollutants into our air and water. Furthermore, the plant would accelerate the rate of mountaintop removal mining in Virginia. Mountaintop removal has already destroyed 25% of Wise County’s Mountains, and threatens the lives of all Appalachians.”