U.S. lawmakers ask DOJ if terrorism law covers pipeline activists

October 23, 2017

U.S. representatives from both parties asked the Department of Justice on Monday whether the domestic terrorism law would cover actions by protesters that shut oil pipelines last year, a move that could potentially increase political rhetoric against climate change activists.

Ken Buck, a Republican representative from Colorado, said in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, that damaging pipeline infrastructure poses risks to humans and the environment.

The letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, said "operation of pipeline facilities by unqualified personnel could result in a rupture - the consequences of which would be devastating." It was signed by 84 representatives, including at least two Democrats, Gene Green and Henry Cuellar, both of Texas.

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