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Bow Quakers end rail blockade protest

Staff Report
July 16. 2017 8:06PM
Participants in the climate pilgrimage organized by Quakers from around New England arrive at their encampment area near the Merrimack Station coal-fired power plant. (Shawne K. Wickham/Union Leader)

BOW — A group of New England Quakers ended their rail blockade at the Merrimack Station coal-burning power plant on Sunday, after holding a protest on the site for more than 24 hours.

More than a dozen from the group spent the night Saturday. They dismantled the encampment and makeshift blockade on Sunday afternoon.

The plant, which operates sporadically, is owned by Eversource.

Organizers said representatives from Eversource and Boston and Maine Railroad police told group members they were trespassing on private property, but never asked them to leave.

"It seems like Eversource didn’t want to create more of a public stir by having us arrested," said John Humphries, a Quaker from Hartford, Conn., who spent the night on the tracks.

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