Wyoming Bill Would Severely Punish Fossil Fuel Protesters

Feb 22, 2018

In Wyoming, state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would bring steep penalties to protesters who engage in civil disobedience aimed at halting fossil fuel extraction. Wyoming’s Senate File 74 would make “impeding critical infrastructure” a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison with a fine of up to $100,000. One of the bill’s co-sponsors has said it’s a reaction to protests against the Dakota Access pipeline led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The Wyoming bill comes on the heels of similar bills introduced in Iowa and Ohio—legislation that hews closely to a template bill written by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.

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