Steingraber, an author and scholar in residence at Ithaca College, leads a coalition of anti-fracking groups in New York which has become a central part of a national anti-fracking movement. Late last month, Steingraber was among a delegation of activists who delivered a “pledge of resistance” signed by 3,000 activists to the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of a campaign to keep gas development out of New York state.
While protesters have enthusiastically gathered for rallies in Albany, they have yet to begin an organized campaign of civil disobedience implied in their “pledge of resistance.” The Watkins Glen protest is worth keeping an eye on because it marks the first high-profile test of this approach against the gas industry in New York.
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Update 6 p.m. The protest ended peacefully when Schuyler County Sheriff William Yessman arrived with state police, according to witnesses. When the protesters refused to leave after a brief warning period, the police cut their handcuffs from the fence and walked them to squad cars. The protesters were identified as Jeremy Alderson, 63, and Gary Judson, 72. A third protester, Susan Walker, 53, was not chained to the fence but also arrested for refusing to leave. All three were issued trespassing violations and released with a warning that the penalties would become harsher with repeat offenses.
The Inergy projecg is under review by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.