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3 Tar Sands Activists Found Guilty In Ingham County

Mason, Michigan- After a trial which began Monday, three environmental activists were taken into custody without bail today, after they were found guilty on charges of obstructing and resisting arrest and trespassing. They will be held in jail untill sentencing on March 5th. The defendants -Lisa Leggio, Vicci Hamlin, and Barbara Carter participated in an act of civil disobedience on July 22nd, 2013 with the Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MICATS), against Enbridge.

The three had used devices called “lock boxes” to attach themselves to construction equipment. Enbridge, who is in the process of repairing and expanding the pipeline known as “Line 6B,” plans to double the amount of tar sands bitumen that would flow through it. The pipeline burst in 2010 creating the worlds largest inland oil spill in history.

Upon hearing the verdict, Vicci Hamlin’s daughter was heard saying “Who did my mother murder?”

Barbara Carter said, “I feel a moral obligation to stand up to the destroyers of the world and shine a spotlight on them; I feel as if I have no choice. They will stop at nothing, so it is up to us.”

“I look at my children and wonder what will be left for them? Who will teach them to stand up for life and Mother Earth?” asked Lisa Leggio. “When will we stand up and say no more to these capitalist murdering corporations and the legal system that protects them?”

Vicci Hamlin said “The older I get, the less I have to say and the more I am free to do. I am proud and yet humbled to do my small part.”

micatstrialcopDuring the trial, people held signs outside of the court in support of the activists. Judge Collete threatened arrest to activists "for jury tampering." SWAT vehicles and a police helicopter where called to the court house.

The three activists will be held in custody until their sentencing date on March 5th 2014. They face 2-3 years in prison.


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Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher is the co-founder and Managing Editor of Green Action News. He is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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  • Jan

    How can I get in touch with these brave people to thank them for standing up for all of our children? I didn’t see any contact for the author I could send this message to. Thank you.

  • lois

    Wow! These activists will spend 2-3 years in prison. Now, tell me what repercussions has Embridge felt since their pipeline 6-B burst in 2010 and created the largest inland oil spill in history? What’s that? NONE! Business as usual and they still want to complete the build of the thirty-six (36″) inch XL pipeline across our nation to the Gulf Coast. NO, they should not be allowed to finish this pipeline until they can GUARANTEE that it will not burst and spill oil across our landscape. I am getting tired of big petroleum destroying our ecology and being able to walk away with just a slap on the wrist and a small fine. In some areas, they are still cleaning up from these spills. Embridge needs to be stopped!


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