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Federal prosecutors this week filed charges against two women who admitted to a series of acts of vandalism against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa more than two years ago.
Ruby Montoya and Jessica Reznicek are charged with conspiracy to damage an energy facility, as well as four counts of malicious use of fire and the use of fire to commit a felony. The charges stem from setting fire to machinery and using torches to cut steel valves on the pipeline.
The New York Times provides a useful look at the dangerous tactics the women employed:
The women started
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Six Democratic state senators from Long Island broke with the Cuomo administration to call for the approval of a proposed pipeline expansion project that would provide much-needed boost to the region’s natural gas supply.
In an Oct. 2 letter, the senators urged the Department of Environmental Conservation to approve the 24-mile pipeline known as the Northeast Supply Enhancement project. The DEC previously declined to issue key permits for the project, which forced utilities in the region to impose moratoriums on new natural gas connections as a result of supply constraints.
“We write to you to urge you to approve …