Three Earth First! activists, arrested in July for locking down at the Seneca Jones biomass power plant, went to court today. Thanks to Lauren Regan and the Civil Liberties Defense Center, their initial charges — which included a felony — were reduced to a single misdemeanor.
“We did this to let the timber industry know that they can’t get away with being a bad neighbor,” said protestor Richard Hayley. “This plant pollutes our air every day, and because of Seneca Jones ancient forest on public land may be destroyed forever.” The activists shut down the biomass cogeneration plant in protest of Seneca Jones’ recent purchase of the East Hakki timber sale, a parcel of Marbled Murrelet habitat in the Elliott State Forest.
Activists now face restitution payments and hundreds of dollars in court fees. To support them, please donate to the Civil Liberties Defense Center.