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States move to pass laws that would criminalize pipeline protests

States move to pass laws that would criminalize pipeline protests

As a growing number of states move to pass laws that would criminalize pipeline protests and hit demonstrators with years in prison, an audio recording obtained by The Intercept showed a representative of a powerful oil and gas lobbying group bragging about the industry’s success in crafting anti-protest legislation behind closed doors.

Big Oil is now using its political power to try and criminalize protests of oil & gas infrastructure.














Many of the state bills restricting the right to protest have been “drafted by companies and passed through groups like ALEC, the secretive group of corporate lobbyists trying to rewrite state laws to benefit corporations over people.

AFPM represents a number of major fossil fuel giants, including Chevron, Koch Industries and ExxonMobil.

“We’ve seen a lot of success at the state level, particularly starting with Oklahoma in 2017,” said Morgan, citing Dakota Access Pipeline protests as the motivation behind the aggressive lobbying effort. “We’re up to nine states that have passed laws that are substantially close to the model policy that you have in your packet.”

The audio recording comes just months after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law legislation that would punish anti-pipeline demonstrators with up to 10 years in prison, a move environmentalists condemned as a flagrant attack on free expression.

Big Oil is hijacking our legislative system,” Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network said after the Texas Senate passed the bill in May.

“The AFPM lobbyist also boasted that the template legislation has enjoyed bipartisan support,” according to Fang. “In Louisiana, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the version of the bill there, which is being challenged by the Center for Constitutional Rights. Even in Illinois, Morgan noted, ‘We almost got that across the finish line in a very Democratic-dominated legislature.’ The bill did not pass as it got pushed aside over time constraints at the end of the legislative session.”

Reposted with permission from our media associate Common Dreams.

Source: EcoWatch

By:   Common Dreams Aug. 20, 2019 09:05AM EST
By Jake Johnson

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Join your fellow citizens for the educate a legislator day on September 19th (see attached flyer). We will be educating our legislators on SB 33, the anti-protest bill asking them to vote no on the bill.  Freedom Demands Action

Teresa Mills, ED
Buckeye Environmental Network










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