The protesters, organized by Progress NC Action, demanded that Gov. Pat McCrory “come clean on the coal ash spill and his own personal financial ties to Duke Energy.”
Gov. Pat McCrory worked for Duke Energy for 28 years, but he insists he is being tough on the power company responsible for a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River.
On Feb. 2, a pipe running under a coal ash pond collapsed at Duke’s Dan River Steam Station in Eden, coating the bottom of the Dan River with toxic ash up to 70 miles downstream.
Speaking to the crowd of about 100 protesters, North Carolina NAACP president Rev. William Barber said the spill isn’t just an ecological disaster but also a sin. He also said the NAACP will hold a Moral Monday on March 17 in Eden along the river.