The Earth First! Newswire has reported that this morning protesters locked down Florida Power and Light after they have proposed a power plant near a Seminole Reservation. In Juno, FL over 80 activists showed up to protest, and 5 locked their necks together and blocked the entrance to the building, stalling operations at one of the largest power corporations in the state.
“This proposal is an act of environmental racism against indigenous people and an attack on the Everglades. If we stand by and do nothing, we are also complicit in this injustice,” says Christian Minaya of Everglades Earth First!, a group based in Palm Beach County. (Source, Earth First! Newswire)
The proposed plant would threaten panther habitat, the lives of those living on the reserve, as well as land and water quality. Further the source of power for the plant will utilize the fracking technique, which is highly controversial and irresponsible for the environment as well as the communities with proximity to the sites.
“This FPL proposal would be one of the biggest plants in the country. There’s a good chance that the gas could come from poisoning the water around where I live,” said a protestor named Ryan, from New York, where there is a push for more gas wells in the Marcellus Shale region. (Source, Earth First! Newswire)
UPDATES From Earth First! Newswire
For more info please visit http://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2014/02/24/breaking-earth-first-disrupts-florida-power-and-light-company/
Update 1:20 PM — All locked-down protesters have been cut out and arrested. We don’t know yet what they are being charged with, but we expect they will need support.
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Update 1:00 PM — First person has been cut out of the lock-down and is now in police custody.
Update 12:20 PM — Sheriff Emergency Force Team has arrived on site. Locked-down individuals have been told that if they do not unlock they will be charged with trespassing and resisting arrest nonviolently.
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