Protesters arrested at coal-fired plant
SOMERSET (AP) — Dozens of climate activists were arrested Sunday at a rally protesting a coal-fired power plant in Somerset.
Forty-four protesters demanding cleaner, alternative fuel sources were arrested at the Brayton Point Power Station and charged with trespassing.
Up to 400 activists from across New England and the Northeast gathered at the power plant site. The protest was organized by 350.org Massachusetts.
Bruce Henderson, of Bennington, Vt., said he’s very concerned about the use of fossil fuels and the negative impact he says they’re having on the environment. The protest was the third he’s attended.
“I just couldn’t stay home anymore,” Henderson said.
A march was led by 44 protesters wearing red shirts identifying them as willing to risk arrest by carrying models of windmills and solar panels as they marched onto the power plant’s property.
Organizers of the event, which was part of national actions by 350.org, worked with police in planning the protest. No injuries were reported.