Power plant protest taken to new heights

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Opposition to Progress Energy’s proposed power plant in Woodfin gained a new ally last week, when members of Rising Tide, an activist group concerned with climate change, strung a banner atop a Woodfin billboard. Nine Asheville police cruisers arrived on the scene and removed the protestors and their banner with help from a fire department ladder truck.

“Western North Carolina is already suffering from some of the worst air pollution in the country,” said Micah Lee, an Asheville resident who was perched atop the billboard. “By building an oil-burning plant that we don’t even really need, Progress is choosing to endanger our health for the sake of profit instead of making the necessary investments in energy conservation and clean energy.” Both Lee and Abigail Singer were charged with misdemeanor trespassing.

Progress Energy spokesperson Ken Maxwell told Xpress, “We certainly have freedom of speech here and that’s the way they chose to address this issue. It would have been great if they could find a more constructive way to address it.”

— Cecil Bothwell, staff writer

About Cecil Bothwell
A writer for Mountain Xpress since three years before there WAS an MX--back in the days of GreenLine. Former managing editor of the paper, founding editor of the Warren Wilson College environmental journal, Heartstone, member of the national editorial board of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, publisher of Brave Ulysses Books, radio host of "Blows Against the Empire" on WPVM-LP 103.5 FM, co-author of the best selling guide Finding your way in Asheville. Lives with three cats, macs and cacti. His other car is a canoe. Paints, plays music and for the past five years has been researching and soon to publish a critical biography--Billy Graham: Prince of War:

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One thought on “Power plant protest taken to new heights

  1. Maxwell was absolutely correct about the first part. He makes himself look a churl and a lout with the second sentence.

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