Two of the protesters have been arrested and charged with “Terrorism Hoax,” a state felony which can carry a ten year prison sentence.
Environmental activists staged a mock oil spill outside the Devon Energy Center in downtown Oklahoma City on Friday morning, in protest of Devon’s involvement in tar sands extraction and hydraulic fracturing — also know as fracking — as well as plans to increase fracking in the Eagle Ford Shale.
“I’m opposed to the industry’s blatant disregard for human wellbeing in the pursuit of profit,” said Cory Mathis of Austin, TX—one of the activists locked down inside Devon. “These industries poison countless communities, often deceive and coerce folks into signing contracts, and when that doesn’t work, they use eminent domain to steal the land. Texas and Oklahoma have long been considered sacrifice zones for the oil and gas industry, and people have for the most part learned to roll over and accept the sicknesses and health issues that come with the temporary and unsustainable boost in employment.”
Activists held signs that symbolized the many devastating oil spills caused by the industry’s carelessness and neglect while chanting, “No Devon! No Tar Sands! No destruction of Native lands.”
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