31 Jan '17, 3pm

Trial Begins: This Man Faces 30 Years in Prison for Shutting Down a Pipeline

The trial began on Monday for Ken Ward, a climate activist and co-founder of the Climate Disobedience Center , who risks spending 30 years in prison for shutting down a pipeline carrying tar sands crude last October. At the time, 59 year old Ward, who shut down the Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain Pipeline in Anacortes, Washington, said his actions were "to avert climate catastrophe and stand with the Standing Rock water protectors. We must stop the fossil fuel industry in its tracks." Ward participated in the #Shutitdown action which targeted tar sands pipelines in different states, including Washington, Oregon, North Dakota, Montana and Minnesota. It has led to a dozen criminal cases against activists and journalists, of which Ward's is the first to go to full trial. As yesterday unfolded the prosecution dropped one of the three charges—trespassing—against Ken leaving only c...

Full article: http://www.ecowatch.com/ken-ward-pipeline-trial-222813480...

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