Pipeline activists charged with felonies


BAGLEY, Minn. – Two activists who tampered with Enbridge pipeline valves in solidarity with Dakota Access Pipeline opponents have been charged with felonies in Minnesota’s Clearwater County.

Emily Johnston, 50, Seattle, and Annette Marie Klapstein, 64, Bainbridge Island, Wash., were each charged Wednesday, Oct. 12, with two felony counts related to criminal damage to property of critical public utilities and two gross misdemeanor charges of trespassing.

The women were part of a group called Climate Direct Action that said they were signaling their support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe when they tampered with emergency valves of five pipelines that carry Canadian crude into the United States.



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