News and law enforcement helicopters hovered over Lake Julian throughout the day while figures could be seen climbing one of the plant's two deactivated smokestacks. A third stack emitted a continual cloud of bright white steam as the activists worked on the 400 foot tower. Finally raised around 2:30 in the afternoon, the black, red and white banner read: “Duke Energy / The climate needs REAL progress.”
Smaller banners in a similar color scheme were also raised on the plant structures below, as reported earlier by the Xpress.
The hours-long process of raising the banner
Progress Energy's Lake Julian power plant
A NC State Highway Patrol helicopter hovers near the plant
A 100% crop showing activists on one of the smokestack's platforms
The newly-raised banner, seen from Airport Road
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