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Jul 15, 2017 4:11 PM

Quakers end 60-mile pilgrimage for clean energy at NH coal plant

BOW — A group of Quakers out of New England have concluded a sixty mile pilgrimage between New Hampshire’s two coal-burning power plants on Saturday.

This demonstration was done to show their concern about potentially catastrophic climate change.

The plant in Bow is the last all-coal facility in New England that doesn’t yet have a shutdown date.

Nearly 50 people gathered to do an hour-long worship ceremony at the gates of the plant. A small group also walked the tracks and set up an encampment on Eversource property blockading rail deliveries of coal to the station.

The group has already set up tents and a scaffolding structure and is planning to stay for a while.

One of the Quakers that joined the movement in Dover earlier this month spoke at the worship ceremony, saying, “This is a journey of pilgrimage, which means it is a journey of introspection and deep listening for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. All of us struggle with the question of what to do in the face of climate change”

The group sent a letter to plant officials last week inviting them to join them for worship.

Eversource is in the state mandated process of selling the Merrimack station, along with several other facilities in New Hampshire. Final bid submissions are due in August.

While protesters are painting a large banner to be hung from the 12 foot scaffolding erected on the tracks, another banner waves in the wind that reads, “our witness is rooted in reverence.”

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