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Babin Reacts to Greenpeace Protests on Fred Hartman Bridge

Washington, September 12, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) released the following statement in response to the ongoing Greenpeace protests on the Fred Hartman Bridge, closing part of the Houston Ship Channel.

“If accurate, reports that the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) is refusing to enforce the law and instead wait out 24 hours of this illegal activity is simply unacceptable,” said Babin. “They should remove these protesters immediately. When law enforcement refuses to enforce the law there is anarchy, the very definition of lawlessness.

“In addition to the danger they pose to themselves and others by blocking ship traffic on the ship channel and severely restricting vehicle traffic on the bridge, they are costing Texas job creators millions of dollars as long as this goes on. Allowing this dangerous stunt to continue under the auspice of free speech will only encourage more illegal activity in the future. If the HCSO will not uphold the law and put a stop to this right now, I call on the Governor and other state officials to bring in the Texas Rangers to put an end to this and resume commerce on the ship channel.”