Anti-Coal Protesters Target Peabody Shareholders’ Meeting in St. Louis

The Peabody Energy building in downtown St. Louis. | Photo by Nicole Lunger
Peabody Energy's shareholders meeting drew protestors. | Photo by Nicole Lunger

About 50 people protested outside a Peabody Energy shareholders meeting in the latest demonstration targeting the St. Louis-based coal mining giant, and police arrested about a dozen people who tried to get inside the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton. The protesters support a St. Louis ballot measure intended to thwart city tax incentives for the coal company, and they say Peabody is working with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay to derail the effort.

The ballot measure, which is also the subject of a lawsuit, would bar companies that engage in “unsustainable” energy production or do $1 million in business with such a company from receiving St. Louis tax incentives. The measure was originally slated for a vote on April 8 but was temporarily blocked by the judge in the case, who has not made a final decision.

Two bills nearing final passage in the Missouri General Assembly include provisions barring local ballot measures from restricting the use of public financial incentives. The House and Senate are working on final language in committee.

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