FANG activists on this morning’s action at Spectra

2015-09-14 FANG

Matt Smith, Keith Clougherty and Nick Katkevich

Just before sunrise this morning three FANG (Fighting Against Natural Gas) activists locked themselves to construction equipment at Spectra‘s fracked gas compressor station in Burrillville, RI. Shortly after being released from court in downtown Providence, after being arraigned on charges of trespass and disorderly conduct, I asked Nick Katkevich, Matt Smith and Keith Clougherty about their actions.

In the video below they talk about the action, the reaction of the authorities, and what they hope to say with their political statement.





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