92-year-old Violet Palmer of Denton, Texas said she was moved to act after the state, overriding the will of the people, passed a law forbidding municipalities from enacting fracking bans.

On Tuesday, Palmer, her 64-year-old son Theron, and a small group of activists were arrested for protesting at the gates of the first new drilling site in Denton since residents voted overwhelmingly to ban the practice last November.  

“Really, there is so little I can do, but I do it by protesting,” said Palmer, who is partially blind. “I did feel compelled. I feel like I must do something.”

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