10:00: Protesters have linked arms and deployed a banner reading “Our Future is Unfractured, We Are Greater Than Dirty Inergy”, blockading the entrance of the Inergy facility in Watkins Glen. Sandra Steingraber PhD., biologist, author and Trumansburg, NY resident, is risking arrest alongside residents of Seneca Lake and local college students to oppose Kansas City, MO based Inergy, LP’s natural gas and liquid petroleum gas storage facility, which would lock in natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale region. The blockade joins a growing national movement to call attention to environmental injustices caused by unconventional and extreme fossil fuel extraction techniques, including Inergy’s hotly debated salt cavern gas storage facility proposed for Reading, NY.

10:21: Sheriff has just arrived on scene as eleven blockaders and their supporters sing: “We will fight on the pipelines, we will fight on the rigs, we will fight on the compressors, not a single inch we’ll give.”

10:30: Sheriff deputy: “I’m asking you to move, because there will be other people coming up here, and they might not be as nice to you as me.”

10:35: One blockader, on the truck attempting to enter the facility: “I’m glad the truck’s here, so we’re risking arrest for actually doing something.”

10:38: Police have asked blockaders to move, giving a ten minute warning. Blockade remains strong with another chorus of, “Not a single inch we’ll give!”

10:41: Five minute warning.

10:45: Truck attempting to enter the facility has turned away and left, truck attempting to exit has not moved.

10:48: Police confiscate banner.

10:50: Five arrests, four blockaders and one legal observer. Legal observers are traditionally respected in their role as non-participants, but one has been arrested for accidentally having one foot on Inergy property.

10:54: Second round of arrests, four blockaders handcuffed. State trooper arrives on scene, joining four other police vehicles.

10:56: Truck leaves facility, passing three remaining blockaders.

11:04: Mother, biologist and author Sandra Steingraber, Green Umbrella organizer KC Alvey, and local organizer Jack Ossont are last of blockaders to face arrest. The facility was successfully blockaded for one hour. Jail support is tracking arrestees and  our medics are making sure they have everything they need.

12:46: All arrestees released, cited with trespassing violations.


24 comments on “LIVE UPDATES

  1. yuri says:

    We are with you! yuri

  2. yuri says:

    Hi Daniel!!

  3. takver says:

    Solidarity from Australia in opposing fracking. We are engaged in similar struggles against coal seam gas.

  4. MM says:

    You are right and just. The cause is right and just. We are with you.

  5. Stand strong! We all stand with you!

  6. Lauren Sherwood (friend of Aaron's) says:

    We are with you! Thank you for putting your life on the line for the greater good! Lauren

  7. Libbie Botting says:

    My heart is with you…Thank you, thank you for the courage to do the right thing!

  8. katharine says:

    thank you from Cape Cod…with you in solidarity. Chenango County resident for 38 years

    SOW is our new SOS and it don’t spell female pig. It taps out Save Our Water, Save Our Water, Rap this and rap on, and pass the message on!

  9. Thank you for taking this stand. With you and behind you from Southeastern PA!

  10. Doug says:

    Respect is your due for standing up against wrong. Thank you!

  11. dan dezarn says:

    THANK YOU!!!! for standing strong for our land and our future. You are all inspiring. May the rest of us have the strength to stand in the face of authority when we are called upon.

  12. Good work, friends!

  13. Linda Wiley says:

    Thank you so much. I wanted to be there with you but am dealing with some physical problems right now. Hopefully things will get better and so will I ! Again, thank you so very much and many blessings. And blessings to change the hard hearts of the Inergy Company and those like it!!!

  14. Thank you all for fighting for all of us, especially our children.

  15. Jim Murphy says:

    Thank you for standing up and representing all of us… Peace, Jim “WRFI Morning Show”

  16. Dean H. Marshall says:

    So proud of you all. I would be there but would be giving everyone the flu! Rawk On!

  17. Dorothy Gavrielides says:

    You there, the brave and far-sighted! I wanted to be at the Glen today, but went through a day of pre-op requirements instead. I think of the vineyards, the animal sanctuary, the air and water at risk and more, so much that I’ve learned in four years of following the invasion of “fracking.” Thank YOU for standing up.

  18. PeasKeeper says:

    Stand strong, NY! Don’t let PA’s mistakes happen to you. Save your lakes. Save your farms. It’s too late for your neighbors down in Bradford County, PA., but you still have a chance to avoid the destruction gas drilling has brought to our water, farms and communities.

  19. Joan Tubridy says:

    Thank you, friends, for mapping out the course ahead.

  20. Conny says:

    Namaste to all of you.

  21. carol tansey says:

    I pledge to resist fracking too.

  22. Maureen Healy says:

    May your bravery lift and inspire us all.

  23. V Appalachia says:

    When can we arrest shale gas developers for Trespass on resources we all share?

    Solidarity across WV, MD, PA & NY! Thank you for sacrificing your time and your freedom for the common good. The “good” you serve is greater than what FERC claims to justify its “takings.”

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