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New York: Pipeline Protesters Found Guilty over 2016 Direct Action

HeadlineJan 10, 2019

In New York, three climate activists who took direct action to halt construction of the AIM fracked gas pipeline have been found guilty of criminal trespass. Rebecca Berlin, David Publow and Janet González locked themselves inside a 3-and-a-half-foot-wide section of pipeline in 2016, stopping construction for 18 hours. On Tuesday, a judge rejected a “necessity defense” mounted by the activists, who argue their action was necessitated by the clear and present danger posed by climate change. But the judge did let the three walk free without any additional punishment.

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