Paddle to Clean Up Buck Coal Ash – June 25th

A new report from the Associated Press finds that carcinogenic chemicals may be leaking from unlined coal ash ponds at Duke Energy’s Buck Steam Station near Salisbury, North Carolina. Incredibly, as of today, the coal ash proposals from both Governor McCrory and the state Senate (Senate Bill 729)1 would allow Duke Energy to leave toxic coal ash in place at 10 of the 14 coal ash sites across North Carolina, including at Buck Steam Station. This is unacceptable!

Tell your state legislators to protect North Carolina communities by moving all of these toxic coal ash ponds away from our waterways!

North Carolina should clean up and move ALL of our leaking, toxic coal ash pits. Polluted coal ash isn’t just a future problem, it’s affecting real North Carolina families right now.

Join in this action to call for coal ash dump clean up across North Carolina!

Yadkin River Paddle to Buck Coal Plant June 25th at 8:30 AM
Join members from a coalition of environmental groups in a fun kayak and canoe event on the Yadkin River on June 25th at 8:30 AM.

This will be a short casual paddle of about 2 hours from the York Hill Access at the headwaters of High Rock Lake to the vicinity of Duke Energy’s Buck Electric Power Plant and coal ash ponds. There, those who choose to can link up their boats for a photo opportunity holding signs and banners promoting clean water and demanding action on coal ash ponds. Then we will explore nearby areas of the river and lake before returning to the launch area.Bring boats, Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Devices, water and snacks. All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver.

This Buck Power Plant event is cosponsored by the Sierra Club, the Yadkin Riverkeeper, and other environmental organizations in the Piedmont Triad Beyond Coal coalition (see Facebook).

Contact Henry Fansler at or Gus Preschle at for more information.

As a separate but coincident opportunity, boaters can sign on with the Dean Naujoks, Riverkeeper and paddle the 12 mile trip to the Tamarac Marina (see for details).

Buck Paddle

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