Climate Activist Michael Foster Sentenced To Three Years In Prison (Two Deferred) For Shutting Off Keystone Tar Sands Pipeline In North Dakota
Cavalier, North Dakota - Climate activist Michael Foster is going to jail for shutting off the emergency valve on TransCanada’s Keystone 1 tar sands pipeline in North Dakota. This morning in Pembina County Court, Judge Laurie A. Fontaine sentenced Foster to three years in prison, including two years deferred. He has been taken into custody and begins serving his sentence today.
For his act of shutting off the Keystone pipeline, Foster was convicted on October 6th, 2017 of misdemeanor trespass and felony criminal mischief and conspiracy to commit criminal mischief. Those convictions carried a potential maximum penalty of 21 years in prison.