Blockade Shuts Down South Florida Power Plant Construction, 27 Arrested!

Written by Scott Parkin

Topics: Coal

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Yesterday, Earth First and Rising Tide blockaded a gas-fired power plant construction site in Palm Beach County, Florida near “the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge which sits 1000 ft from the power plant site.”

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27 people were arrested putting their bodies on the line with over 200 people rallying in support. The action stopped construction on the site for six hours.

Florida Power and Light’s (FP&L) West County Energy Center (WCEC) will be a 3800 MW power station emitting 12 million tons of carbon every year. Despite ongoing legal challenges FP&L has begun construction on the site.

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As stands 14 activists are still being held and need $10,000 to be bailed out. The legal office is working hard to come up with the money to front the cost and we need donations ASAP to get these activists out of jail! We will also need money for legal defense for all 27 arrestees!

To make a donation:

1. Visit the Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition website: http://pbcec.blogspot.com/ and click on the “DONATE” button on the right
2. Send a check or money order made out to the Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition to:

EF! Legal Fund
822 North C Street
Lake Worth, FL 33460

3. If you are local, you can bring cash or checks directly to us!

Much thanks to Earth First! and Rising Tide for stepping up and putting their bodies in between the bulldozers, the smoke pipes and the earth and all it’s fragile eco-systems (like the Everglades).

2 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Doug Ward says:

    FPL is a useless company. I lived in Miami for 21 years and had nothing but problems with the thieves.
    Thank God for Costa Rica !
    The M-pyre will fall…sooner=better.

  2. Sunshine says:

    What can I do to help? I have no money, but if there’s anything I can do, let me know.

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