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We are the FERC4: Claude Guillemard of Baltimore, MD, Peter Nightingale of Kingston, RI, Ellen Taylor of Washington, DC, and Donald Weightman of Philadelphia, PA. We were arrested during a peaceful protest at the headquarters of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), as part of the Rubber Stamp Rebellion, a demonstration led by the activist group Beyond Extreme Energy. We have been charged with “unlawful entry,” and have chosen to go to trial by June 21, 2017, in order to contest the charge.

At the trial we will tell the world that FERC approves fracked natural gas pipeline projects that poison our water, pollute our air, and over-heat our planet, and that FERC has resisted every attempt to make it accountable to the public.

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Press release, February 13, 2017

Subject: FERC4 will conduct their own defense at June trial

Washington, D.C.—At the status hearing today in Superior Court of the District of Columbia, the FERC4, Claude Guillemard of Baltimore, MD, Peter Nightingale of Kingston RI, Ellen Taylor of Washington, D.C., and Donald Weightman of Philadelphia, PA, committed to representing themselves at their criminal trial, scheduled for June 21, 2017.

FERC4 in action at FERC headquarters during the #Rubber Stamp Rebellion of May, 2016

The FERC4 were arrested during a peaceful protest at the headquarters of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in May, 2016. The action was part of the Rubber Stamp Rebellion, a demonstration led by the activist group Beyond Extreme Energy.  The FERC4 have been charged with “unlawful entry.”

Attorney Mark Goldstone will advise the FERC4 and represent Ellen Taylor, who stated: “We need to show the world that FERC is on trial.”

The FERC4 will continue to denounce FERC for approving fracked gas pipeline projects that poison water, pollute air, and overheat the planet.  This federal agency has resisted every attempt to make it accountable to the public.

Nightingale, a professor of physics at the University of Rhode Island, said: “Thinking about the future, and my grandchildren in particular, I do not know how to explain the destruction we are visiting upon the Earth they shall inherit.”