About 10 members of the Earth Quaker Action Team protested in front of the PNC Bank in Somerset Wednesday.
(Philip Petrunak / May 9, 2012)
About 10 members of the Earth Quaker Action Team protested in front of the PNC Bank
in Somerset Wednesday. The group, defending the Quaker religion and its values, is conducting a 200-mile, 16-day walk from Philadelphia to PNC national headquarters in Pittsburgh. Protesters claim that PNC Bank provides the largest financing for coal mining companies that surface mine the summit or summit ridge of mountains. In addition, the group is critical of PNC because of its Quaker roots. Pittsburgh National merged with Provident National — which was founded by Quakers — in 1983. The Earth Quaker Action Team's "Green Your Money" initiative urges PNC customers to close their accounts in protest of the mining because they claim it hurts the environment as well as human health due to affected streams, and exposure to airborne toxins and dust. PNC Bank officials declined to comment on the protest. For more information on the group, visit www.greenpnc.org.