Call to Action - support Joe Bezjak, 76 yr. old jailed for kicking pipeline workers off his property, Fayette County, PA
Call to Action
If you are able, please attend tomorrow morning & help spread the word to folks in Fayette County area:
Supporters are asked to be at the Fayette County jail. Bring signs saying you support Joe.
At 9 a.m., Joe Bezjak will appear in Fayette County Court, 61 East Main St., Uniontown.
If you can’t attend, please call:
US Senator Bob Casey - (202) 224-6324
Fayette County State Senator Richard A Kasunic - (724) 626-1611
Fayette County State Representative. Tim Mahoney - (724) 438-6100
Fayette County Judge NANCY VERNON - 724-430-1397 – she’s the one who sent Joe to jail.
Sometime this week, Joe Bezjak, 76 yr. old, was jailed for trying to keep Williams Mid Mountain workers from dumping waste fluid onto his farm. Judge Nancy Vernon, of Fayette County’s Court of Common Pleas, ordered Joe to be jailed for breaking a court order which forbid him from disturbing pipe line workers on his own property.
Bezjak was not allowed any bail, nor was he allowed any visitors, including his wife. Joe is on medication for a heart condition and was not allowed his meds. This goes beyond the fracking issue, this is about human rights, civil rights, property rights.
Earlier this year Joe caught Williams Mountain Midstream workers dumping mine water on his property. He had pictures and everything. He threw them off his property. Got taken to court. Court order slapped on JOE by Judge Nancy Vernon. Judge didn't care about his story or his pictures. He was told to leave the workers alone, with court order to that effect slapped on him. DEP was contacted and DEP issued a violation because of the dumping incident.
So when the workers recently showed up again and started doing the same thing - dumping mine water on his cow pasture - he asked the workers to leave after until DEP approved a plan of remediation. (There are cattle grazing in the affected field, the stream is also impacted.) They go to authorities. Joe's declared in violation of court order - contempt of court - by Judge Nancy Vernon. Vernon sends him immediately to jail, where he is currently being held, without bail, without visitors, and without his medications. He is 76 years old.