Santa Arrested at Seneca Lake NY But He Emerges To Spread Hope

by Duane Nichols on December 25, 2014

Santa's assistant Sandra Steingraber (elf)

‘Santa’s crew arrested at Schuyler County NY gas protest

From an Article by Bob Jamieson, Elmira Star Gazette, December 23, 2014

Nine protesters dressed as Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and seven elves were arrested Monday for blocking the gates to the Crestwood Midstream gas storage facility in Schuyler County, New York.  Watkins Glen is at the base of Seneca Lake.

The environmental group We Are Seneca Lake, which is organizing the ongoing protest and blockade, said there have been 170 arrests in two months in what they call their civil disobedience campaign.

The protest group, in a news release, said those arrested Monday carried banners that read “Christmas Against Crestwood” and “Methane in Your Stocking is Worse Than Coal.”

The group said the nine were charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct at Texas-based Crestwood Midstream’s gas storage facility gates on the shore of Seneca Lake.

Those arrested Monday according to We Are Seneca Lake included: Stefan Senders, 55, (as Santa Claus), Schuyler County; Charlotte Senders, 18, Schuyler County; Kim Cunningham, 58, Heron Hill Winery; Ilona Marmer, 68, Montour Falls; Jean Olivett, 68, Ithaca; Hope Rainbow, 24, Ithaca; Gabriel Shapiro, 18, Ithaca; Bill Carini, 53, Newfield; Chrys Gardener, 53, Newfield.

Protesters began blocking the Crestwood gas storage facility gates on October 23, leading to many arrests for trespassing at the Town of Reading facility on state Route 14. Protests have been ongoing since federal approval was received in October to expand its methane storage in former salt caverns along (and under) Seneca Lake.


Check out this video from Watkins Glen, NY, on YouTube:

Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and 7 Elves Arrested on December 22nd while Blocking Crestwood Gas Storage Facility, Marking 170 Arrests in Two-Month-Old Civil Disobedience Campaign at Watkins Glen, NY.


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