Anti-pipeline groups engage in a range of efforts to oppose pipeline development projects. Increasingly, these efforts directly oppose legal regulations and local policing efforts. Many groups have posted fundraising pages to raise funds to help bail protestors from jail.
This week, Lancaster Against Pipelines posted a new fundraiser to their Facebook page, urging people to donate given that “construction has started, so our actions will too. We’re raising bail money.”
Last week, the Associated Press reported that protests against the Enbridge Pipelines in the Midwest escalated when “Six protesters were arrested … near Superior, Wisconsin, where Enbridge began work in June on a 12.5-mile (20-kilometer) segment amid plans to eventually replace Line 3, which carries Canadian tar sands crude from Alberta across North Dakota and northern Minnesota to its terminal in Superior. The protesters briefly shut down construction Tuesday. Opponents of both pipelines plan Labor Day weekend actions in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.” The WI-MN Water Protector/Land Defender Enbridge Line 3 Bail Fund was then created to bail out those “caught in the crossfire of arrest/state repression resisting Enbridge’s Line 3, and wish to be bonded out.”
Camp White Pine has been directing people to their “Bail and Legal Fund” for several months, detailing that “volunteers have taken to the trees and used direct action to stop this pipeline from being built.”
These groups are collecting money that is most likely not taxed in order to support unlawful actions that they admit will get them arrested, causing increased strain on law enforcement. Effectively, these groups are protesting lawful actions by workers charged with developing our nation’s infrastructure and requesting charitable donations to support unruly and illegal activities.