Watkins Protest – Live Blogging Antics of Natural Gas Opponents
We are in the Finger Lakes right now monitoring the hyped up Watkins Glen protest. You can follow us on Twitter at #WatkinsProtest but for those of you who don’t “Tweet,” here are some updates (we’ll do our best to be quick about it, but we’ll be busy):
8:10 AM It’s only 23 miles till we leave reality and land on Planet Ithaca
8:21 AM Friends of Natural Gas sign right next to where antis are assembling for #WatkinsProtest
9:25 AM Ready for the show to begin (see picture)
10:10 AM Sign on motel next to where antis are assembling – owner says bring it on!
10:20 AM About 150 assemblying. EarthFirst! is present. Should start heading to the site shortly.
10:41 AM They are leaving now. First car went down 13 south, but others have not left yet. There are 2 state troopers and a sheriff who are making them move their cars from the hotel’s property.
10:48 AM Heading on 13 south towards Route 17
10:57 AM Turned right onto West 223.
10:59 AM Right turn onto County Rd 21.
11:00 AM Crossing County Rd 5 on 221 west. At Pepsi plant in Horseheads.
11:08 AM They have stopped and are getting out of cars at Sclumberger.
11:26 AM The same self-satisfied preening seen at Talisman a few weeks ago:
11:53 AM The protestors are waiting for trucks to come in to try to stop them…police are here
1:18 PM No trucks, no chance at getting arrested protesters are beginning to leave
And, so the whole ridiculous thing ends with a whimper, like every other hyped up anti-gas event. Natural gas opponents have convinced themselves their message is invincible and they are omnipotent, but the only ones deceived are themselves. This was a complete dud. They simultaneously tried to brag up their efforts and keep things secretive. They failed to surprise anyone in the end, despite their head-fake attempts to make this look like an Inergy protest. Schlumberger was not surprised, nor was anyone else. It was, in a word, a pitiful failure, although we’ll surely see 1,001 pictures on the web where the participants bask in their self-reflected glory.
Let’s just say we weren’t impressed. If this is the best this rag-tag group of has-been protestors and Cornell students from outside the area can do, the anti-gas movement is on its last legs.