Minnesota is the latest state to consider a law like Oklahoma did four years ago—one targeting trespassing protesters against oil and gas pipelines.
Then-Gov. Mary Fallin signed it into law in 2017 and increased penalties against protesters who trespass on property containing a critical infrastructure facility. The Oklahoma law provides for a felony charge and minimum $10,000 fine and if a trespasser tampers with the infrastructure, the fine goes up to $100,000 and the trespasser could be imprisoned for 10 years.
Minnesota is now considering the same application of trespassing or tampering of “critical infrastructure.” While energy producers defend such laws, such efforts have been criticized by such news groups as HuffPost.
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