Wisconsin wants to copy Oklahoma in creating law against trespassers damaging oil and gas pipelines

Oklahoma’s already done it and now Wisconsin legislators are pushing a bill to make it a felony to trespass or damage oil and gas pipelines in the state. Opponents argue it would violate free speech rights and the movement comes in the wake of a Federal judge who temporarily suspended a similar law in South Dakota.

The Associated Press reported the bill heard by a state Assembly committee builds upon a 2015 state law that made it a felony to intentionally trespass or cause damage to the property of an energy provider. The latest proposal expands the definition of energy provider to include oil and gas pipelines, renewable fuel, and chemical and water infrastructure.

Those found guilty could face up to $10,000 in fines and six years in prison.