Thirty three arrests were made in “Oklahoma” last year during Keystone XL work-stopping direct actions. Of those arrests, fifteen have been dismissed, fifteen were resolved through plea deals with fines and court costs only, and three cases are still pending.
Elizabeth Leja, a 75 year old resident of Norman, was the first person to lock down to KXL construction equipment with Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance in in Muscogee (Creek) Nation land by treaty, Ofuskee County, Oklahoma. This summer, Elizabeth will be going to trial for a trespass charge which if convicted would at most result in a fine.
During last summer’s “Fearless Summer” week of actions, Fitzgerald Scott, along with 9 other activists, was arrested shutting down construction of a Keystone XL pump station in Seminole Nation land by treaty, Seminole County, Oklahoma. Fitzgerald refused a plea deal and is potentially going to trial facing trespassing and obstruction charges, if convicted facing up to a year in jail. Today in the Seminole County courthouse, a judge will be hearing evidence for a motion to dismiss Fitzgerald’s charges.
Alec Johnson also shut down construction of the KXL Gulf Coast project, this time in Choctaw Nation land by treaty, Atoka County, Oklahoma. This action resulted in Trespass and two Obstruction charges. Alec’s trespass charge was dismissed but Obstruction charges still stand and carry a potential sentence of one year for each count (2 years total) in the Atoka County jail. A motion to dismiss hearing is scheduled for May 7th.
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