Coal protestors in court today

Climate change activists are facing Hunter courts today following large scale protests in the region last year.

Climate change activists are facing Hunter courts today following large scale protests in the region last year.

Protests at Newcastle saw more than 40 activists break into the Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) terminal at the Port of Newcastle in September 2010, climbing over loading machinery and stopping operations for several hours.

PWCS is taking legal action against the protestors, claiming it cost the company more than $500 000 in lost profits.

One of the protestors, Carly Phillips, labeled the court action as unfair.

“The corporate bullying can not continue,” she said.

“I don’t have $525,000 and none of us do, so we will fight this to the end to make a stand."

However, PWCS general manager Graham Davidson hit back, saying it is not about money.

“It’s about protecting lives,” he said.

It has taken out a full page ad today explaining the potential for people to be killed if similar protests occur, with activist climbing heavy machinery.

"We’re using this avenue very seriously to draw attention to this activity, it is dangerous."

dditional environmental activists are facing Muswellbrook courts today charged with blocking coal rail lines leading to the Bayswater power station.

Two men will also face charges of locking themselves to a conveyor belt at an upper Hunter coal mine during the protests.

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