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CLAIM: Environmental critics of Ohio legislation designed to prevent protesters from damaging critical infrastructure projects claim the bill is actually aimed at ending protests and curbing free speech.
Randy Cunningham with the Cleveland Environmental Action Network says it is similar to legislation in other states backed by the oil and gas industry after the 2016 Dakota Access Pipeline protests.
“They have applied it to virtually everything you can think of: railroads, refineries, pipelines, injection wells,” says Cunningham. “The goal of it is to chill the conversation, to chill dissent.”
The language in Senate Bill 33…
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Environmental groups in Pennsylvania and New Jersey say the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is “reckless” for allowing the transport of liquified natural gas by train.
Empower NJ, a coalition of environmental groups, used the phrase “bomb trains” to describe the plan. Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, called the approval “deeply disturbing” and “irresponsible.”
Complaints about the use of trains to transport energy products may carry more weight if these very same groups had not opposed the construction of safe, modern pipelines like …