New York: 11 Veterans Arrested Protesting Gas Storage Facility + Peruvian Indigenous Activist Featured in New Doc Barred from Coming to U.S. for Sundance Premiere

January 27, 2016, Headlines

Meanwhile, in upstate New York, 11 U.S. military veterans have been arrested after forming a human barricade to block traffic at a natural gas storage facility. The protest was part of an ongoing campaign to stop Crestwood Midstream from expanding gas storage in abandoned salt caverns at Seneca Lake, a drinking water source for 100,000 people. Retired U.S. Air Force Sergeant Colleen Boland spoke out at Tuesday’s protest.

Colleen Boland: “While on active duty, I traveled to over 20 countries, many of them places where drinking water was scarce, made children sick, fueled conflict and threatened security. I bring those experiences with me to the gates of Crestwood, where for 16 months now I’ve been peacefully protesting a plan to store highly pressurized and volatile fossil fuels below this beautiful lake, a source of drinking water for 100,000 people.”

Peruvian Indigenous Activist Featured in New Doc Barred from Coming to U.S. for Sundance Premiere

January 27, 2016 Headlines

And a leading indigenous environmental activist in Peru has been barred from entering the United States. Alberto Pizango was supposed to come to Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival, where he is the subject of the new film “When Two Worlds Collide.” It chronicles indigenous resistance to Peruvian laws aimed at opening Amazonian land to mining, logging and oil extraction. On June 5, 2009, a crackdown on the protests left dozens of people dead, including indigenous people and police. Pizango faces life in prison for the fatal clash—even though he wasn’t there when it took place. Late last week, he was blocked from boarding his flight to come to Sundance. He went to the U.S. Embassy, where he was told his U.S. visa had been revoked. He has not been told why.

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