The Lakewood 3

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.'"

Anne Sensenig's Song Sheet

If you've kicked around with us long enough, you know Anne Sensenig, our resident song leader.

She's shared her crib sheet for protests with us! 

 



Halt Lifted

Last evening the US Court for the District of Columbia lifted the halt of construction.

As you know, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia halted construction on the entire Atlantic Sunrise pipeline on Monday. Thanks to all of you who visited construction sites to document activity and see workers off.

Williams was not pleased by the stoppage—not least because their company’s stock value dropped by 5% in the blink of an eye.

Williams immediately asked the court to lift the halt—and demanded that the Sierra Club and the other petitioners in the lawsuit post an $8 million security bond for the company’s losses. Get that? They coerce our neighbors, invade our county, rake a trench through our fields and forests, endanger our health and safety—and still have the nerve to ask us to pay more.

The best destruction money can buy.


But last evening, in a move that emphasizes the grip of power that this industry has on our country, the court lifted the ban.
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News on the Construction Halt

A federal court has issued an emergency motion to temporarily stop construction on the Atlantic Sunrise project, a $3 billion export pipeline running through Lancaster County.

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Construction is Halted!

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

11/06/2017

Today, 06 November 2017, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals issued an administrative stay on construction of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline “pending further order of the court.” This ruling comes in response to an emergency motion for stay filed by the Sierra Club, Lancaster Against Pipelines, Appalachian Mountain Advocates, Allegheny Defense Project, Clean Air Council, Concerned Citizens of Lebanon County, Heartwood, and the Accokeek, Mattawoman, Piscataway Creeks Communities Council.

The emergency motion called for a halt to construction unless or until FERC conducts a more comprehensive environmental review and issues a more persuasive argument for the necessity of this project. 

Over the past month, our communities in Lancaster County have demonstrated extraordinary courage in publicly resisting the rushed construction of this pipeline, siting the egregious failures of our regulatory agencies, elected officials, and the courts in protecting our environment against the wholly unnecessary export pipeline.

Lancaster Against Pipelines applauds the federal court’s decision, which is a long overdue check of corporate overreach violating the rights of landowners, the environment, and our communities. We look forward to the court’s final ruling on our challenge, which we hope will bring a permanent halt to this dangerous and unjust project.

Court order attached.

Media Contact: Ann Neumann, 347.721.0711


Friday's Bread and Prayer

On Friday at 1 pm, more than 60 people gathered at the Chapel, a wooden structure on the property of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. Several of the Adorer's were in the group, which held up construction on the pipeline by occupying part of the construction site, offering prayer and bread made from local ingredients to the workers. Here are some reports on the day's action:

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Ted Glick on Friday's Prayer Action

Future Hope column, October 29, 2017

Religiously Grounded Pipeline Resistance

By Ted Glick

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Quilt 6 Reader

Here's a continually updated list of media on today's arrest of six people. And the quilt.

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Note from Jim Ebaugh After Arrest

Jim Ebaugh was one of the 23 arrested on Monday. He sent this along via email. (The Chapel 23 go to court on Halloween.)

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