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Threats against the PennEast Pipeline project continue despite the fruits of this fractivism. Their hysterical opposition has created a dangerous situation.
“Three surveyors working on the PennEast Pipeline in Holland Township (Hunterdon Township), New Jersey were approached by a man with a rifle. The man asked them if they were there working on the PennEast. When the 3-man crew responded “yes,” the man waved the gun in the air, shouting at them that he would stop the pipeline. It was a clearly a menancing threat to the men who were doing nothing more than a survey. Holland Township Police later arrested Lester Kinney Jr., charging him with “making terroristic threats and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.” Although arrested for his crimes, you need an indictment (from a grand jury) in order to prosecute such a crime. The wheels of justice grind sloooooooooowly. We finally have some good news. A grand jury has indeed indicted Mr. Kinney for his criminal act. He will now either plead guilty, or go to trial.”
Well, good! The news made me wonder, though, if PennEast Pipeline opponents might have changed their tactics since this incident in April. Nah, not at all.
Jim included this NJ.com story excerpt in his piece, as he proceeded to speculate Lester Kinney, Jr. might soon be making license plates in some New Jersey prison:
Lester R. Kinney, 48, has been indicted on charges stemming from his arrest in April following an alleged threat against a group of surveyors from the PennEast pipeline company.
In a Grand Jury decision unsealed on Friday, Kinney was indicted in July on second-degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and third-degree terroristic threats. If convicted, he would face five to 10 years in prison on the firearm charge and three to five years on the terroristic threats charge.
Kinney allegedly brandished a gun and threatened three subcontractors conducting a wildlife survey for the PennEast Pipeline.
“People are free to protest and voice their opinions on the pipeline project or any other issue, but it must be conducted in a lawful manner,” Anthony P. Kearns III, Hunderdon County prosecutor, said at the time of Kinney’s arrest.
The contractors were parked on Milford-Warren Glen Road when Kinney allegedly approached them, holding a rifle, it was previously reported. Kinney asked them if they were with the PennEast Pipeline, and when they said yes, he reportedly waived the rifle in the air, shouting in opposition to the project and vowing to stop it, according to a release from PennEast.
Yes, Mr. Kinney appears to have issues, but who whipped him up into such a frenzy, anyway.. I suggested in my earlier post that it was groups such as the Delaware Povertykeeper a/k/a Riverkeeper and/or other similar entities funded by the William Penn Foundation to instigate dissent. I noted the Povertykeeper organization had conducted training a month before for pipeline opponents. Present at that training were activists promising they “not going to stop fighting this pipeline” but were, rather, “ramping up” their efforts and promising to “not let PennEast destroy [their] environment for profit,”
That’s just the beginning of the rhetoric used to gin up opposition to the PennEast Pipeline. There’s a group called Delaware Township Citizens Against the Pipeline that is obviously working closely with the Povertykeeper. Here’s a screenshot from their Alerts page:
Gee, do you suppose encouragement of “angry owners” might have influenced Mr. Kinney?
Then, there is the incorporated group known as “Concerned Citizens Against the Pipeline,” which has a “Stop The PennEast Pipeline” website with this resistance message:
Jeff Titell, the Sierra Club’s hit man on the project, makes it clear such resistance is useful to the cause:
“Our united opposition is working: this delay on the PennEast pipeline is a small victory for the environment. Any time you can delay a pipeline, it gives us a better chance to stop it. Now we must keep fighting and working hard to stop the project. 1,500 people have registered as intervenors against PennEast pipeline. In New Jersey, more than 70% of the people on the route have said NO to this pipeline and won’t let PennEast on their land to complete the surveys they need. Since they don’t have enough data on both its impacts to the environment and safety concerns to do a proper analysis, they have not been able to obtain the permits they needed to reach their original timeline,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “They originally said they would have approval in 2016. Then it was 2017. Now it’s later. Who knows, maybe they will never get approval? This pipeline is unneeded and unnecessary and the more it gets delayed it will show that this pipeline should never be built.”
It’s dirty tricks all the way for these people and instigating public opposition of the crudest sort is the result. Such tactics inevitably get taken farther and farther by the true believers. Some then rationalize violence. This is what appears to have happened with Lester Kinney, although the case isn’t over yet. It wasn’t the first time. These are the fruits of fractivism.