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An environmental activist involved in a multi-day long operation to block the passage of coal trains near the world’s largest coal export port in New South Wales (NSW) has been jailed for 12 months. The 22-year-old, Eric Serge Herbert, pleaded guilty to obstructing a rail locomotive, attempting to hinder the working of mining equipment, and attempting to assist in the obstruction of a rail locomotive. Herbert participated in an organised operation by Blockade Australia which lasted 11 days, halted railway operations on 20 occasions, and led to the arrest of over 20 members with some potentially facing 25-year jail sentences. “[Herbert] has this afternoon been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, 6 months no parole, for taking nonviolent direct action as part of the Blockade Australia mobilisation in Muloobinba/Newcastle,” a Blockade Australia wrote in an update. “He was arrested once during the first week of the mobilisation after he stopped a …