Oct 28th, 2012
From the Earth First! Newswire
“Homes in Clifton, Big Bass Lake, Thornhurst and surrounding areas [turn off] their lights off [on Friday] to show their opposition to proposed power lines being built on their properties.
“Part of a weekend of protesting PPL’s plans to build 57 miles of power lines through parts of Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wayne counties, groups of citizens [began] holding ‘power down Fridays.’ …
“Their message: Residents don’t want invasive, 145-feet-tall steel poles and power lines on their property, disrupting the surrounding natural environment.”
While the protesters are advocating for a rerouting of the power lines, not an end to their construction, it’s worth noting this campaign as an example of grassroots resistance to big infrastructure. Campaigns like this may be good opportunities for radicals to introduce a wider anti-infrastructure analysis.