November 13, 2017
They're the Lakewood 3: Kathleen, Ruth and Ann.
This past Saturday, 50 local residents spent the morning defending Lancaster County against Williams’s invasion of our community, delaying land-destruction at five different sites. In the afternoon, a large-scale action in Martic Township shut down a tree-clearing operation for half the day, culminating with the arrests of three incredibly brave women, the Lakewood 3. They stayed on site, after police issued their final warning, to defend the neighborhood—and the mature forest--from being ripped apart for this unnecessary export pipeline.
These three local heroes were arrested for peacefully doing the right thing: using civil disobedience to publicly defy the corporate purchase of our political system and the degradation of our neighborhoods. They join the Chapel 23 and the Quilt 6 who were arrested last month for peacefully defending farmland owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Columbia, PA.
Saturday’s arrests bring the total number to thirty-two in the past month alone.Considered alongside the hundreds of others who have participated in these actions, these numbers show the commitment of community members to make real sacrifices for what they believe in.
Pipeline supporters—those who work for the industry or have been fooled into submission by its million dollar advertising campaigns—ask why we continue protesting now that construction has begun. "The pipeline is a done deal," they say.
We wholeheartedly disagree. Last week's construction halt—and the $8M Williams lost daily, in addition to the millions of dollars it cost Williams’s exporter, Cabot Oil & Gas—shows that the Atlantic Sunrise project is far from a done deal. We refuse to throw up our hands in defeat. Too much is at stake.
Community resistance is key to keeping investors nervous and politicians accountable. It also keeps our voices in the ears of federal judges now reviewing the three active lawsuits challenging this scandalous project.
Read about Saturday's action here:
Lancaster Online: "'We were prepared to be involved in a direct action,' Meade said. 'I can no longer sit back.'"