For the first Day of Summer,
After halting construction for over four hours, Johanna was arrested, held in jail for several hours, and eventually charged with one count of unlawful trespass.
Johanna was released late yesterday afternoon, and her spirits are high. She is looking forward to seeing all of you this Monday at 4 pm in Montpelier for the Rise Up, Speak Out! Truth-In and Vigil.
Regulator to host technical hearing on gas pipeline plan
Addison County Independent
Opinion: Palmers to fight against gas pipeline at PSB hearings
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92 Year Old Great Grandmother And Son Block Denton Fracking Operation
In Acts of Civil Disobedience, Elder Mother and Son Stage Sit-In for Local
Control to Stop First Post-HB40 Fracking in Denton
DENTON, TX--TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015-- Two Denton residents have blocked the
entrance to the city’s first active fracking operation since the passage
of HB40, a state bill which strips local
control of fracking from all cities across Texas. Violet Palmer, a 92 year
old great grandmother, and her son Theron Palmer, seated themselves in
front of fracking trucks attempting to enter Vantage Energy’s urban
fracking site. Theron has locked himself to the gates of the site and both
are refusing to leave.
“I am standing up today because never in my lifetime has there been such an
egregious disregard for the democratic process in Texas,” said Violet. “We,
the citizens of Denton clearly indicated our frustrations with regulating
fracking when we voted for the fracking ban last November. The Texas
legislature ignored our vote and our community standards.”
Denton’s prohibition on hydraulic fracturing was supported by nearly 60
percent of voters last November; however, industry-sponsored state
lawmakers responded with the passage of HB40, a law that effectively
preempts all local control of oil and gas regulations statewide. Less than
48 hours after HB40 was signed into law, Colorado based Vantage Energy
announced that it would bring fracking back to Denton at a site located
directly across the street from a neighborhood and several businesses.
“To imply that the expertise to regulate oil and gas resides only within
the confines of Austin, is a condescending slap at the intelligence and due
diligence of our local citizenry,” stated Theron Palmer. “We clearly
expressed our community standards, now nullified and replaced by the very
narrow interests of those economic elites who dominate oil and gas
development and hence the Texas legislature.”
Over the course of the last two weeks Denton residents have been taking
direct action to enforce the city’s fracking ban. In the first week since
fracking operations returned to Denton, dozens of residents blocked the
gates, resulting in seven arrests. Residents have also organized weekly
events dubbed “Frack Free Fridays,” promising to maintain a large presence
at Vantage Energy’s site until the operator respects Denton’s vote and
permanently ends all fracking within city limits.
“To paraphrase Edmund Burke, the only thing necessary for the triumph of
evil is for good women to do nothing. So I am doing something,” said Violet Palmer.
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