Activists are making their voices heard at Devon Tower in downtown Oklahoma City to protest fracking in the Sooner State.
The groups Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance (GPTSR) and Cross Timbers Earth First! staged a 'Creative Disruption" Friday morning.
Activists say it's an attempt to temporarily disrupt business-as-usual for the industry. The group claims the industry is "expanding its poisonous reach, amassing massive profits consistently shoving the costs on the poor and public services."
11 people were arrested in the protest, four may charged with disorderly conduct, trespassing, and biological agent/substance.
According to Oklahoma City Police Captain Dexter Nelson, ten people went to the tower's second floor and unfolded a banner. When they did that, police say a black powdery substance flew out. The substance was later determined by police to be black glitter.
Oklahoma City Police, the Oklahoma City Fire Department, and HAZMAT were all called to the scene.
Sheridan Road was shut down in front of the tower but was reopened around 11:30 AM.
GPTSR describes itself a group that actively resists construction of tar sands infrastructure in the Great Plains and the Midwest. It claims to have done ten blockades in the past year.
Cross Timbers Earth First! call itself a 'radical environmental group focusing on ending the industrial extraction practices'. The group claims the practices are 'poisoning communities and destroying the Cross Timbers' natural diversity.'