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If the greenies can get away with this, what's next? <IMG SRC="smilies/pissed.gif" border="0">
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http://www.trib.com/HOMENEWS/WYO/18EarthFirst.html


Earth First! occupies BLM office


PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) - About 40 members of the Earth First! environmental group took over a U.S. Bureau of Land Management office to protest oil and gas development on public lands in Wyoming.


The occupation Monday afternoon lasted about three hours. It ended peacefully after local BLM managers agreed to a statement saying the agency agreed that the environment was more important than economic profit and that it would pursue environmentally sensitive energy sources.


"I felt the statement was something that I could agree to," said BLM field manager Prill Mecham.


The group left peacefully, and no arrests were made, Mecham said.


According to the Sublette Examiner, the public was blocked from entering the building during the protest because of protesters locking themselves to doors.


The group occupied many of the offices in the building, reclining on the floor, sitting in chairs and filling the hallways throughout the building. Some danced and sang.


Protester Kristin Painter of Jackson said Earth First! is concerned about the destruction she is sure will ensue from drilling, including depletion of water wells, a decrease in water quality and the creation of a matrix of roads.


"They are handing out permits like candy," protester Mike Bowersox told the Sublette Examiner.


Mecham said she was shocked by the protesters converging on the building.


However, subsequent negotiations between the group and BLM officials were not confrontational, she said.


"I thought it was a very constructive session, actually," Mecham said.


The statement the two sides agreed to stated: "We agree that the long-term environmental health is more important than economic gains. We agree that development of environmentally sensitive energy sources is a priority and we are willing to work together toward these goals."


While some of the protesters agreed to sign the statement, many others refused, calling it "a joke," but peacefully left the building, the Sublette Examiner reported.

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F%ck that, just wade in there swinging I bet those dirt twirling hippies will move. Why didn't they call the police and have them removed?
 

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i know a couple of people that live in pinedale. one of em is a cop i am gonna have to see what i can find out about this
 

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My suggestion is to write your congressmen and let them know what happened and what you feel should be done.
Here's a copy of the letter I sent:
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Dear Congressman ---------------, 19 July, 01

The following is from http://www.trib.com/HOMENEWS/WYO/18EarthFirst.html



Is this the Department of Interior's new policy? Caving in to terrorists, kidnappers, and ransom demands? The protesters should be arrested, jailed and suffer the consequences of their actions. This happened in a federal building. If I was to do these same actions, I would be jailed, are these terrorist any different? Do they have different laws that they obey?
This is not the way to make policy and I believe that the BLM manager who agreed to these terrorist demands should be fired.

This has got to stop.

Sincerely

(your name)


[ 07-19-2001: Message edited by: JeepinIan ]

[ 07-20-2001: Message edited by: JeepinIan ]
 

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Originally posted by Sloan:
<STRONG>F%ck that, just wade in there swinging I bet those dirt twirling hippies will move. Why didn't they call the police and have them removed?</STRONG>
My feelings exactly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If I were to occupy the Lahontan Regional Water Quility Control Board office like that and want them to sign an agreement , they would not waste a minute to call the cops on me and have me arressted for trespassing.
 

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JeepinIan, that was a very good letter I think I'll follow the same theme, and write My congressman.
 
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