Trial Begins in Winona Frac Sand Protest

Created: 02/03/2014 11:00 PM
By: Steph Crock

 (ABC 6 News) -- Trial began in Winona Monday for the 35 people arrested during a frac sand protect.

They were arrested last April for allegedly blocking entrances to two separate frac sand processing and shipping facilities in the area.  They were each charged with trespassing, but the defendants say it was their right to speak out.

"We are standing on that it was something we had to so because people are in danger right now and the environment is in danger right now," defendant Roberta Thurstin-Timmerman said.

It was the largest action of non-violent protest against the frac sand mining industry to date.  The trial is expected to last three days.