Calhoun County, Mich. – Pre-trial motions will be heard by Calhoun County at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, for the pending trial of pipeline protestor and U.S. Senate Green Party candidate Chris Wahmhoff. The man who skateboarded into the expansion project of Enbridge Line 6B now faces potentially two years in prison for standing up against the Big Oil company that devastated his community and the surrounding areas in the summer of 2010, resulting in what the EPA has called the largest inland oil spill in history. Enbridge, itself, has even admitted the spill and damage cannot be fully cleaned up.
The case has already been dismissed two times prior by Calhoun County Judge Kingsley. However, the Michigan Supreme Court has overturned the dismissal and recently refused to read an appeal from Wahmhoff’s attorney. Now, with a trial pending, the protestor’s legal team will be bringing forth motions from expert witnesses on climate change as a part of their defense.
Attorney John Royal of the National Lawyers Guild and head council for the defendant, stated:
I intend to bring in some experts about climate change. The defense is that it was a necessity because global climate change has reached a degree to harm to humans and all living species, and that people like Chris Wahmhoff have to take action to bring this to a stop.
The Enbridge pipeline protester and U.S. Senate candidate will stand trial over his daylong occupation of the under-construction pipeline in June 2013, in which he skateboarded into an expansion piece of Enbridge Line 6B on his belly.
It’s my hope that people see that this is a direct effect of climate change, and that people learn that places like our river, BP, Bhopal, and Athabasca, have been directly and permanently changed. They have been destroyed by new kinds of fossil fuel technology that has the destructive power of a weapon of mass destruction. Wildlife gets killed in the blast, and our communities suffer the fallout. Places like Mackinac need to be addressed before we lose 20% of the entire world’s water supply, and communities like ours need adequate medical and scientific support. Most importantly, the Oil & Gas industries need to be stopped.
Wahmhoff’s trial will be held at the Calhoun Justice Complex at 161 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, Mich.
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Attorney John Royal