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It's certainly not a common sight to see an electric vehicle parked on some desolate train tracks located near Norway's border with Russia, but it's all done for a good cause. The pint-sized Buddy EV, driven by Neptune Network, has halted the operation of the 80-ton freight train you can see in the background in the image above.

According to Neptune Network, the freight train is attempting to leave the Sydvaranger Mines in Kirkenes, Norway while carrying a load of the toxic chemical known as Magnafloc LT37. Neptune Network claims that the mine is illegally polluting a local salmon-fjord with the toxic chemical and suggests that the mining company has ignored complaints from Norway's pollution board calling for the mining operation to clean up its act. Since authorities have been reluctant to act, Frank-Hugo Storelv, leader of Neptune Network, has gathered his team and swung into action by blockading the train's route. The tracks have been blocked since Monday and Neptune Networks intends to hold its position until the pollution stops. Hat tip to Richard!

[Source: ElectricAid | Image: Neptune Network – C.C. License 2.0]


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      maklym
      • 1 Year Ago
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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm reminded here of "Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy"'s encounter between Arthur Dent,lying in the Path of a Bulldozer,and Mr Prosser,the Guy whose Job it is to Demolish Arthur's House to build a bypass.. "Do You know," Prosser asks Arthur,"How much damage this Bulldozer would get if it ran over You?" "No",says Arthur,"How Much?"
      "None at all..." Says Prosser,walking away....(Excuse the paraphrasing!)
      Good publicity for the Car,though...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmm...I bet that train conductor is pondering if that silly looking little car would fly like a golf ball. *plays Jaws theme and grabs popcorn :)
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder if these idiots realize the amount of toxic waste generated by mining to produce their "Green polution free car"?
      No O
      • 1 Year Ago
      nice job, if they did that in USA the cops would kill them and junk the car, just how things are done here now a days
      • 1 Year Ago
      YUP, right on the ball Yahoo. This article was originally posted, August 17th 2010, any word yet as to how the situation worked out?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Usually I read the news to learn about current events not ancient history. I see the date on the story is August 17, 2010. Nice going Yahoo news staff. Can you give us a follow up so we know if this effort was successful.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can someone get a Hummer over there? I feel bad for that little electric car. I think some American excess-mobile would do a far better job. 6000lb SUV oughta do it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        1500 lb electric mini or 6000 lb hummer, either way its a drop in the bucket for a 176,369 lb freight train.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I was operating that train, I would have just said "OH crap, my hand slipped on the accelerator", sorry, have a nice day
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too many people here in the USA act like companies are the good guys and protestors are the bad guys. They are cheerleaders. To me, if a company is doing wrong and not listening to the law and not stopping their destructive behavior, I would have no choice but to act. These protestors are heroes and we need more like them and less like the cheerleaders.
      • 1 Year Ago
      How do we even know this is real? The train could have been just sitting there for days because we can't see what is happening at the rear of the train. People photo shoot on tracks all the time like for senior class photos. And why did they drive half way across? The train could go like 2 mph and slowly push it aside. I call bullshit on this whole story.
        imoore
        • 1 Year Ago
        Those "kids" look a little too "senior" for high schoolers.
      Ted Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Posted Aug 17th 2010 5:57PM" - SOMETHING TELLS ME THAT'S MORE THAN 3 YEARS AGO.
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