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Protesters get five- to 30-day jail terms in power plant entry

Six Greenpeace activists were sentenced Tuesday to jail terms ranging from five to 30 days for climbing a smokestack at a coal-fired power plant in protest of President Bush’s energy policy last year. The protesters cut a hole in a fence that surrounds Allegheny Energy’s Hatfield Ferry Power Station about 40 miles south of Pittsburgh on June 23, then climbed the 700-foot smokestack and unfurled a 2,500-square-foot banner. The six pleaded guilty Tuesday in Greene County Court to misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment, failure to disperse, disorderly conduct and defiant trespass, according to Tom Wetterer, general counsel for Greenpeace. Felony charges of criminal trespass were dropped. Full Story

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