The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that 4 anti-pipeline activists dealing with criminal charges have a legitimate case to argue the “need defense” in court. In 2016, 2 of them shut off valves for Enbridge oil pipelines that transfer Canadian oil to the United States
The so-called “-LRB- *****) ” will argue that environment modification is such an overwhelming risk that taking prohibited action — like trespassing — is required when there’s no other option. Often, the reasoning goes, it might be more unsafe to follow the law than to disobey it.
The judge approved the valve turners’ request in 2015 to conjure up the need defense, however the prosecution resisted and appealed. That appeal was simply dismissed. Next up, science will take the stand: Environment researchers and other professionals will affirm about the severe risk presented by international warming.
The need defense has actually worked for environment activists prior to. Last month, a Massachusetts judge ruled that 13 protesters were not responsible for civil disobedience after they were detained for being in holes dug for a pipeline to obstruct building.
This story was initially released by Livescience.Tech with the heading Activists head to court after shutting down pipelines. Their defense? Climate change. on Apr 24, 2018.