(Vernal Utah)-More than two dozen protesters of tar sands oil development struck plea deals in a marathon court hearing yesterday in Vernal. The 25 people, facing charges for a series of demonstrations at U.S. Oil Sands property in the Uintah Basin, last July and September, entered a series of “no contest” pleas to charges ranging from trespassing to interfering with arrest and felony rioting. The deals would see the charges dismissed after a year or more if no other violations of the law occurred. In all of the cases, 8th District Court Judge Edwin Peterson agreed not to sentence them to jail time. Instead, they were ordered to community service. But more action by the Utah Tar Sands Resistance is expected. Melonie martin, one of the so called “Chipmonk Five” says…
Utah Tar Sand Resistance spokeswoman Raphael Cordray says this spring and summer, they will be back at the site, because….
The group has posted two music videos of the protests on You Tube and on their web site. The group is known by another name as well, peaceful uprising with a web sites, “tarsands resist dot org and peaceful uprising dot org.
Here are the videos posted….