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J.G. Hertzler Biography
James Cromwell and J.G. Hertzler both played pivotal roles in the Star Trek universe. Cromwell played the character Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Enterprise. His character was famous in the Star Trek universe for building and piloting the first warp-capable spacecraft built on Earth, the launch of which led to First Contact. Hertzler played the Klingon General Martok in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Martok was a key Federation ally during the Dominion War and later became the Klingon Chancellor.
Although the two actors never shared screen time in the Star Trek universe, they once shared the spotlight off-screen. In 2016, the actors were arrested together in upstate New York.
Why Were They Arrested?
The activism brought the two actors together in an anti-fracking protest held at Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York. According to a press release from the organization that coordinated the protest, We Are Seneca Lake, the actors joined local activists in blocking the entrance to the Crestwood compressor station. They attended the protest with posters that made reference to the roles for which they were famous. Cromwell held up a sign that read, “We are Seneca Lake, babe and we won’t be FERC-ed” and Hertzler held one that read, “Trekkies Against Crestwood-Con Ed Boldly Towards Renewables.”
During the protest, both actors read prepared statements, which were later published by We Are Seneca Lake. In those remarks, both Cromwell and Hertzler criticized New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for failing to prevent fracking in New York. They asked the governor to stand up to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and stop fracking in the state. They also demanded that the governor support the citizens of New York, like them, who wanted to end the practice that was harmful to the environment.
Along with the small group of protesters, Hertzler and Cromwell prevented the vehicles from entering or leaving the premises for about an hour before police arrived. Both were arrested when they refused to leave the premises. The other 17 protesters were also arrested. In its press release, We Are Seneca boasted that the arrests put the total number of arrests for civil disobedience related to the organization at more than 600.