Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

Free Susan Walker

Written By: Joe Melillo

Nearly 50 protesters armed with Anti-fracking signs were on the street soliciting nothing more than honks in support of one of their own serving time in jail.

Free Susan Walker
 

September 27, 2012

Elmira (WENY) - Nearly 50 protesters armed with Anti-fracking signs were on the street soliciting nothing more than honks in support of one of their own serving time in jail. Susan Walker was one of three protesters arrested on September 6th after chaining themselves to a fence of the Inergy LPG storage facility. Susan walker was arrested in Schuyler County but is in jail here in Chemung County. The change of venue gave these activists a chance to bring their fight to the streets of Elmira, and to some people who don’t know anything about fracking. Drivers traveling on church street saw signs saying stop fracking, other saying free Susan Walker. Around the necks of most of the people protesting were pearls, as a sign of solidarity for Susan. Sandra Steingraber is the founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking and was at the court hearing.

     “Her last as a free woman before the sheriff incarcerated here and took her away was she took off these strand of pearls and handed them to someone in the audience,” says Steingraber.

     Susan Walker was one of three people arrested. In a form of protest, she decided not to pay the fine for trespassing and serve a 15 day sentence. Jeremy Alderson was also arrested and was there as a friend and activist.

     “We are here to support her and to support her and stand with her. She's been brave, she's a hero to us and we certainly want her to know she's not alone,” says Alderson.

     “I feel as though those who were arrested that day was protecting the air my child breaths,” says Steingrabber. “So as a mother an as a biologist who studies air pollution and asthma. I'm in support of what their doing.”

     Steingraber also says that along with supporting Susan, protesters are making a stand in Chemung county. Bringing the issue of hydrofracking to people who may not know anything about the controversial drilling method or the LPG Storage Facility.

      “Well I just talked to pedestrians just walking by who asked me what fracking was and that's something people here in Chemung County should know about because the southern tier counties and Chemung in particular are on the front lines,”

      Susan is currently eight days into her 15 day sentence and could be released as soon as tomorrow, based on good behavior.