Shelter welcomes Atlanta protesters
ATLANTA — The uprooted protesters of Occupy Atlanta have found a new home – at a shelter for the homeless.
Occupy Atlanta spokeswoman Sara Amis said several dozen protesters spent Saturday night on the fourth floor of a building used by the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless. The move came days after the demonstrators were evicted from downtown’s Woodruff Park, where they had been camping out since Oct. 7.
“It’s a little rough, but we’ve been cleaning it and getting it ready,” Amis said. “Our primary goal is to have somewhere for people to sleep.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday that the homeless task force has also been threatened with eviction. The newspaper said the task force owes the city more than $147,000 in unpaid water and sewer bills.
Amis said the task force is donating space for Occupy Atlanta members to stay, but that the protesters might help make some repairs to the shelter.
More than 50 people were arrested when Occupy Atlanta was forced to leave Woodruff Park last week. Some protesters briefly tried to camp out at the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site, but soon left the federally owned property.
Board will vote on natural gas station
ATLANTA — Utility regulators in Georgia will soon vote on a plan meant to expand a network of natural gas filling stations for drivers.
Atlanta Gas Light has proposed spending roughly $11.5 million to help finance the installation of compressed natural gas pumps at somewhere around a dozen stations in Atlanta and other cities. The Public Service Commission has set a vote for Tuesday.
Natural gas is cheaper than gasoline and burns cleaner.
Critics say the gas utility should not be allowed to use money collected from its industrial customers for
the effort. They say that will discourage private investment.
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