Didcot Protesters Spend Second Night Up Power Station Chimney

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Didcot Protesters Spend Second Night Up Power Station Chimney

Activists plan to stay on top of 600ft chimney for a week

by
John Vidal

The climate protest camp at Didcot as seen from the air. (Photograph: Neal Veglio/manwithamicrophone.blogspot.com)

Nine climate protesters are preparing to spend a second night 600ft up the chimney of one of Britain's largest power stations in defiance of a court injunction.

But
13 others, who broke into Didcot A power station in Oxfordshire early
on Monday morning, have been arrested and removed from the coal conveyor belt at the station, which is owned by RWE npower.

"They
have been served an injunction but are refusing to come down and are
therefore in contempt of court," said a spokesman for the protesters.
He added that the injunctions forbade them from entering Oxfordshire.
The protesters say they plan to stay up the chimney for a week.

The
protesters, who have occupied a room and pitched tents on top of the
chimney, were last night celebrating their victory in forcing the power
company to switch from burning coal to gas during their occupation. The
2,000MW power station normally emits more than 5m tonnes of CO2 a year;
natural gas is considerably cleaner than coal.

The court
injunctions are likely to impact seriously on at least two of the
protesters who are both students at Oxford University. "We can stay for
as long as we can," said Amy Johnson, one of the activists.

The
protesters, who met at Climate Camp in London this year, said they had
targeted Didcot because RWE npower is planning to build as many as 30
new coal-fired power stations across Europe, including two in Britain.

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