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Minnesota Judge Dismisses Case Against 3 Climate Activists

A judge has dismissed charges against three climate change activists who tried to shut down two Enbridge Energy crude oil pipelines in Minnesota. A judge has dismissed charges against three climate change activists who tried to shut down two Enbridge Energy crude oil pipelines in Minnesota. |  Photo: Enbridge

By STEVE KARNOWSKI
Created: October 09, 2018 08:28 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota judge has dismissed charges against three climate change activists who tried to shut down two Enbridge Energy crude oil pipelines in northwestern Minnesota.

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Clearwater County District Judge Robert Tiffany ruled Tuesday that the prosecution failed to prove any damage. He threw out the case even before the protesters could present a so-called "necessity defense" to the jury.

Emily Johnston and Annette Klapstein, of the Seattle area, admitted turning the emergency shut-off valves on two pipelines in 2016 as part of a coordinated action in four states. They were charged with felonies.

The two women and a third defendant had planned to argue that the threat of climate change from Canadian tar sands crude was so imminent that their actions were not only morally right, but necessary.

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By STEVE KARNOWSKI

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