On Oct. 11, arrests were made in four states, including Montana, following the criminal disruption of oil pipelines between the U.S. and Canada. Using bolt cutters to remove chains, the trespassers tampered with five border-crossing valves on pipelines that collectively move 2.8 million barrels a day of crude to the United States from Canada, the equivalent of 15 percent of daily U.S. consumption.
These were not merely activist demonstrations, but acts of domestic terrorism; “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”
The group responsible for the attacks on America’s energy grid is Climate Direct Action, which has been actively promoting a “#ShutItDown” campaign through social media. In the wake of the arrests, the group is raising bail money for the perpetrators.
These eco-terrorists are not only endangering the lives of the general public and the environment, they’re directly impacting a vital energy resource which this country and so many others rely on. And they’re doing it all on the heels of the Standing Rock Sioux protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, with the intent of coercing the Obama Administration to shut down America’s most affordable and reliable energy source.
It has been one of the great many failures of this administration to turn a blind eye to protests which put the lives of law enforcement officers and the general public at risk. Calls from North Dakota law enforcement for additional peace-keeping support have been ignored.
“As unlawful and dangerous criminal activity continues to spread throughout the country, Federal law enforcement must act quickly and decisively to prosecute these domestic acts of terrorism to the fullest extent of the law,” said Alan Olson, executive director of the Montana Petroleum Association.
In Montana, officials must support immediate legal action to penalize these criminals and deter future acts of eco-terrorism. The safety of our communities, the integrity of our legal system, and the economic and national security of our country depends on it.
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- Written by By Jessica Sena, Montana Petroleum Association
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