Oklahoma took the action years ago putting a law on the books targeting those who trespass on energy properties and in recent days Ohio did the same, becoming the 13th state to do so.
Since 2017, states such as Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and North Dakota adopted laws protecting energy and industrial infrastructure from environmental activists who in the past have damaged facilities and attempted to block pipeline construction.
Ohio’s Republican Governor Mike DeWine signed a Senate bill into law making trespassing on oil and gas sites a first-degree misdemeanor punishable with up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine reported Grist.
The online environmental news group also raised the question in its headline whether more states will use the U.S. Capitol riot to crack down on pipeline protests.
Click here to read the Grist story about Ohio’s new law.