Cavalier, North Dakota – Climate activist Michael Foster is going to jail for shutting off the emergency valve on TransCanada’s Keystone 1 tar sands pipeline in North Dakota. This morning in Pembina County Court, Judge Laurie A. Fontaine sentenced Foster to three years in prison, including two years deferred. He has been taken into custody and begins serving his sentence today.
During 350 Montana’s annual strategic planning session last week, we created an amibitious work plan for 2018 that features a strong pushback for those who would develop any new fossil fuels in Montana. More on that later . . .
Moving Montana with great urgency away from fossil fuel emissions is our mission. We also envision a complementary — and rapid — conversion to a 100 percent renewable system in Montana using wind, water, and solar energy.
Leonard’s sentencing, scheduled for January 2, was postponed to an undetermined date in March. The current scheduled date is March 20.
On Wednesday Nov. 22, a Fort Benton jury found Leonard Higgins guilty of felony mischief. Not only was Leonard prohibited by the judge, Daniel Boucher, from bringing witnesses to support a necessity defense, but he was not allowed to discuss climate change as his motivation for the action during his own testimony.