News in brief
September 6, 2011 —
Tar sand protest arrest tally tops 1,200
WASHINGTON, DC — A civil disobedience demonstration in front of the White House, protesting the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that has been proposed to carry oil from Canada’s tar sands concluded last Friday after its planned two-week run. As of the last day, 1,250 people had been arrested.
Some locals were in attendance at the demonstration, and Shohola, PA resident Virginia Kennedy was among those arrested (see last week’s issue). A petition with 617,428 names opposing the pipeline was delivered to the White House last weekend.
Others arrested included top climate scientists, landowners from Texas and Nebraska, former Obama for America staffers, First Nations leaders from Canada and notable individuals including Bill McKibben, former White House official Gus Speth, NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen, actor Daryl Hannah, filmmaker Josh Fox and author Naomi Klein.
“Back home we are fighting to protect our land and water. This week, we decided to bring that fight to the President’s doorstep,” said Jane Kleeb, Director of BOLD Nebraska, who led a delegation of Nebraskans who were arrested this morning. “We are acting on our values and expect our President to act as well.”
Labor Day crash takes three lives
COCHECTON, NY — A car crash that occurred on Route 17B near Burr Road in the Town of Cochecton took the lives of three people on Labor Day, September 5. The collision, which occurred around 11 a.m., took place between a GMC Jimmy driven by a Hortonville man and a Ford Explorer registered to an address in
Clifton, NJ and containing a man, woman and child.
The two vehicles met head on. The Ford Explorer went off the road and turned over, and the man and woman were ejected from the SUV. A nine-year-old boy was pulled from the wrecked vehicle by a passerby, and was the sole survivor of the accident. He was taken to Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris.
The exact cause of the accident is still to be determined, but it is known that there was heavy rain in parts of the region at the time. The names of the victims had not been disclosed as of press time, pending notification of the families.
First 2011 case of West Nile Virus
HARRISBURG, PA — The Department of Health recently reported the state’s first probable human virus of 2011.
On July 22, an elderly Lebanon County woman was hospitalized with a high fever and neurological symptoms. She is currently recovering.