Thursday, January 30, 2014

Grandmother Barred from 312 Miles of Pennsylvania for Peacefully Protesting Fracking | Alternet

How is this legal? Well, it is, or anyway, a judge has signed off on it. Whether or not it's constitutional, maybe we'll see. (Why is it always necessary for news media to inform us an individual is a "grandmother?" Seems a bit sexist.)

Grandmother Barred from 312 Miles of Pennsylvania for Peacefully Protesting Fracking | Alternet: Vera Scroggins, an outspoken opponent of fracking, is legally barred from the new county hospital. Also off-limits, unless Scroggins wants to risk fines and arrest, are the Chinese restaurant where she takes her grandchildren, the supermarkets and drug stores where she shops, the animal shelter where she adopted her Yorkshire terrier, bowling alley, recycling centre, golf club, and lake shore.

In total, 312.5 sq miles are no-go areas for Scroggins under a sweeping court order granted by a local judge that bars her from any properties owned or leased by one of the biggest drillers in the Pennsylvanianatural gas rush, Cabot Oil& Gas Corporation.
Obviously this is abuse and an out in the open display of might by private industry, in this case, Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation:

The ban represents one of the most extreme measures taken by the oil and gas industry to date against protesters like Scroggins, who has operated peacefully and within the law including taking Yoko Ono to frack sites in her bid to elevate public concerns about fracking.[italics mine] (Alternet)
The ban was, is, basically put into place by Cabot, not the judge, who clearly was the mere tool that enacted the formality of the ban. Kafka-esque, Cabot is not required (nor will they) to identify what lands Scoggins needs to avoid:

The temporary injunction granted on 21 October does not require Cabot to identify or map the lands where it holds drilling leases, putting Scroggins in the bizarre position of having to figure out for herself which areas were off-limits. (Alternet)

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