Protesters from Earth First and Northern Rockies Rising Tide are currently occupying part of Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer’s office inside the Capitol Building in Helena. The group has demanded that Governor Schweitzer publicly declare his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, tar sands oil and the megaloads coming through Montana. I spoke with Max Grainger, a member of the protest group just after noon today about the purpose of this act of civil disobedience.

Grainger says the individuals who are occupying the Governor’s office are willing to accept the legal

consequences of their actions.