Montanans getting restless

[caption id="attachment_286" align="alignright" width="205" caption="Protestors occupy Gov. Brian Schweitzer's office and reception room."]Protestors occupy Gov. Brian Schweitzer's office and reception room.[/caption]Just a couple months removed from the largest protests in Montana history (over 1,000 supporters of labor rights surrounding the state capitol), approximately 100 activists occupied offices in the state capitol to protest Gov. Brian Schweitzer's support for a proposed pipeline project.Just to put this into context, an existing pipeline ruptured earlier this month, spilling about 1,000 barrels of oil into the Yellowstone River during flood stage, causing millions of dollars in damages and forcing over 100 people to evacuate.Protestors were spurred into action by Gov. Schweitzer's pronounced support for clean energy and healthy communities on the one hand and his proposals to help increase oil extraction in the region, including the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.“As the recent Exxon Mobil pipeline disaster has made clear, Governor Schweitzer is attempting to turn Montana into an extraction state, while at the same time publicly proclaiming his supposed support for clean energy, protecting the environment and building healthy communities. It’s one or the other. You can’t be clean and dirty at the same time,” according to Bozeman’s Erica Dossa, who also took part in the action.

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