Wednesday, February 8, 2017
February 3, 2017: Climate Justice On Trial: WA State Jury Refuses to Convict First “Valve-Turner” in Four State Tar Sands Pipeline Action
In a surprise victory, a Washington state jury has refused to convict Ken Ward, the first of five "valve turners" who shut off tar sands pipelines from Canada to Washington in October of last year. Ken Ward, who turned off an emergency block valve on Kinder Morgans Trans-Mountain Pipeline, was charged with two felony counts. After more than five hours of deliberation, Ward's three day trial ended in a hung jury, with at least one juror refusing to convict. Martha Baskin has the story.