In upstate New York, 41 people have been arrested for blocking the gates of a gas storage facility as part of a campaign against the Texas-based company Crestwood Midstream. The group, We Are Seneca Lake, has seen more than 130 arrests in a series of actions against the company’s plans to expand methane gas storage at a lake which provides drinking water to 100,000 people. Biologist and activist Sandra Steingraber said Tuesday’s action was led by teachers.
Sandra Steingraber: “Today we had 40 people blockading this gate, among them many teachers. We had special education teachers. We had elementary school art teachers. We had my son’s fifth grade science teacher. We had my daughter’s high school English teacher. My husband, the art teacher, was among them. We had professors who teach constitutional law. I’ve never been so proud of educators. This is the kind of education that the whole world needs right now.”