Bill McKibben Arrested (Still Detained) With 56 Others in Ongoing Campaign Against Proposed Gas Storage at Seneca Lake

Bill McKibben being arrested by Schuyler Co. sheriff for disorderly conduct for blocking a truck from entering Crestwood's Seneca Lake methane gas storage facility. (photo: We Are Seneca Lake)

Editor’s Note: As of 10:26 AM EST, all arrestees have been released except for Bill McKibben who remains in custody at the Schuyler County sheriff’s department.

 

he fight over the fate of the Finger Lakes received national attention today when best-selling author, environmentalist and founder of 350.org, Bill McKibben, joined the opposition. McKibben, 55, was arrested this morning with 56 area residents as part of an ongoing civil disobedience campaign against proposed gas storage in Seneca Lake’s abandoned salt caverns.

This is a developing story, but at this time all arrestees have been released except for McKibben who is still in custody at the Schuyler County sheriff’s department.

Organized by the direct action group, We Are Seneca Lake, the protesters formed a human blockade on the driveway of the gas storage and transportation company, Crestwood Midstream. During the blockade, which began shortly after sunrise, the protesters blocked all traffic entering and leaving the facility.

In a public statement to fellow blockaders, McKibben thanked We Are Seneca Lake for serving as a “curtain raiser” for the larger global movement to break free from fossil fuels that is now unfolding in frontline communities all over the planet.

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