Group Plans Six-Day March From Fall River to Cape Cod to Protest Power Plant
Activists will embark on a six-day march from Fall River to Cape Cod to highlight the need for alternative energy solutions, and call for the closure of a coal-powered plant in Somerset.
The 60-mile march, called the “Energy Exodus,” will begin at the Brayton Point power plant, which is the largest coal-fired power station in the region, and end in Hyannis, with marchers sleeping in tents, and staying in churches, during the six-day protest through part of the state.
According to the State House News Service, the “Energy Exodus” march will feature Iowa state Sen. Rob Hogg and target Bill Koch, an energy businessman aligned against the Cape Wind project planned for Nantucket Sound. Koch has bankrolled opposition to the Cape project, and called it “visual pollution.”
The march is being organized by students from Just and Stable Future, a New England-based organization campaigning for solutions to global climate disruption, and the Better Future Project.
According to members of the Energy Exodus:
This historic event will dramatize the urgency with which we must turn away from fossil fuels and march toward a future full of sustainable jobs, clean air, healthy communities, and local, renewable energy. Along the way we will rally, sing, learn, hatch new plans, and make new friends. And by the end of our journey, we will have gained so much more than 60 miles; we will have built our movement stronger than it’s ever been before, and will have shown the way to the safe clean energy future that we so desperately need to ensure a livable climate.
The group is starting at Brayton Point because they say it is one of the “the worst of the worst” for the environment when it comes to carbon pollution.
Dominion Energy, owners of the Brayton Point Power Station, located on 306 acres of land at the head of Narragansett Bay, claim it is one of New England’s “largest fossil-fueled generating facilities,” made up of four units that produce enough electricity to power 1.5 million homes, using low-sulfur coal, natural gas and fuel oil.
The 60-mile trek, which begins August 28, and ends on September 2, will travel along routes 6 and 6A and will include stops along the way at a “green jobs” rally in New Bedford, a meeting with the Friends of Fairhaven Wind, and a “Clean Planet Picnic Lunch” in Sandwich, according to reports. The march will end near the future home of the nation’s first-ever off-shore wind project, Cape Wind, on Nantucket Sound.
A recent protest outside of Brayton Point led to 45 arrests, after more than 350 people stood along the roadway demanding the plant be shutdown, and alternative solutions, such as wind energy, be adopted by the state.
Below is the route the group has planned for the six day walk: