Bunch of Old Hippies Arrested in Mass. for Blocking Pipeline Work

Very early on when MDN editor Jim Willis began to write Marcellus Drilling News and he attended local meetings where fracking (and later pipelines) were discussed, he noticed a strange phenomenon: Many in the audience appeared to be old hippies–men with no hair on top, but long (gray) hair on the sides, still braided in a ponytail, all these years later, like it was back in the day when they smoked weed and protested the Vietnam war. Whenever Jim raises that observation he almost always gets vitriolic emails–because he hits a nerve. A little too much truth in what Jim writes. It is with some amusement we report more old hippies protesting once again. This time it’s in Massachusetts. On Saturday Massachusetts State Troopers arrested 22 people. When you look at their ages (and the pictures), you quickly come to the conclusion that this is yet another group of old hippies trying to relive the glory days. Their last chance to “make a difference” and protest “the man.” Only this time they’re protesting a 2-mile pipeline through a state forest–part of Kinder Morgan’s TGP Connecticut Expansion project. As we stated in a previous post, “Perhaps if pipelines flowed marijuana instead of fossil fuels, they’d feel differently about them?”…

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