Pingjiang is a county in Hunan province, China, it is under the administration of Yueyang City. The county is located on the eastern margin of the province, the Miluo River runs through the county from east to west. Pingjiang is one of the birthplaces of the Chinese revolution. In the Chinese Civil War, it was a part of the Hunan-Hubei-Jiangxi Revolutionary Base Area (湘鄂赣革命根据地), and, from 1931 November, of the Hunan-Hubei-Jiangxi Soviet (湘鄂赣苏维埃) . In 2013, the popular TV show “Dad，Where Are We Going？” produced by Hunan TV chose Pingjiang as one of their filming sites because of its beautiful natural ecological environment and the well-preserved local traditional culture. As a national ecological demonstration area and green industry demonstration area, people in Pingjiang are proud of the country scene with green mountains and blue rivers. Huadian Pingjiang Power Plant was planned along with the "Inner Mongolia-Central China" coal transportation channel, which is a freight railroad and its Yueyang - Ji'an section passes through Pingjiang County, providing a fundamental condition for coal-fired power station. In May 2013, Pingjiang County Government signed an agreement with China Huadian Corporation’s Hunan Subsidiary to construct a large thermal power plant. According to the media, Pingjiang Thermal Plant of China Huadian Corporation was ranked No.1 in the appraisal results for large thermal power projects of Hunan province in 2014. This means that the comprehensive assessment of Pingjiang Thermal Plant has gained high acceptance of the appraisal experts in multiple respects such as the design scheme and environmental protection measures. Under the circumstances where there is conflicting information, the “No.1” result caused the local masses who hold a dissenting opinion to become more worried. Moreover, the negative information on China Huadian Corporation – the cooperation party of Pingjiang Thermal Power Plant - increased the anxiety of the opponents. Public reports show that on July 1-15, 2014, China Huadian Corporation was criticized by name in three supervision reports from the National Energy Administration and National Development and Reform Commission because its subsidiaries engaged in illegal construction and secret discharge of pollutants. “We fear that after arriving in Pingjiang, this thermal power plant will similarly secretly discharge pollutants, polluting our beautiful environment,” said an opponent. In July 2014, more than 20,000 people signed to oppose the Huadian Pingjiang project in the county level poll. More people are voting to against the project through online channels. On the morning of September 18, more than 1,000 people started a protest in Pingjiang County, displaying a banner saying: “death by poisoning is worse than starving to death.” They marched, sat-in, hunger striked, and protested the local Huadian Group large thermal power plant. They continued until the evening of 19 September, and many citizens participated. They marched to the city government and sat-in. Participants reported that more than 10,000 people participated. On the same day, Shenzhen in Guangdong Province also had a group of Pingjiang people march in support. Finally, on September 2014, the county party committee and county government of Pingjiang County issued a public notice, announcing that they were halting the thermal power project of China Huadian Corporation in Pingjiang; cancelling the command of preliminary work on the project; abolishing the documents on the thermal power project, and terminating all work on this thermal power project. The party secretary of Pingjiang County, Tian, resigned right after the large-scale opposition activity. After the opposition, the County government organized many activities to persuade people that the coal-fired power plant will be clean and not to harm the local environment, including the public hearings and advocacy by fellow townsmen outside Pingjiang as well as a webpage to communicate with people about related information and knowledge. In March 2015, after the complementary feasibility study, the final site of the plant was changed from the original place with first priority to East of Fan’gu Village, Yuping Township. On December 29, 2015, the construction work of the plant and resettlement area started in Fan’gu Village.