ResistSpectra Protestors Crawl into Pipeline

In Verplanck on Monday, ResistSpectra, a group of advocates against Spectra Energy’s Algonquin pipeline expansion, confirmed the identities of four people who locked themselves inside a natural gas pipeline intended to be laid under the Hudson River. The protestors have been identified as Rebecca Berlin of Yorktown, Janet Gonzalez of Westchester, McDonald Wilkins and Dave Publow (no hometown listed). The group trespassed onto the property and climbed into the pipe at approximately 7 a.m. before workers arrived on site. The group had planned to spend the night but eventually agreed to surrender to authorities after threat of tactical force.  They tweeted that they were crawling out at approximately 11 p.m. In a statement, Spectra Energy said it respects the right of peaceful protest, but ResistSpectra had crossed a line. They said, “The protesters today are placing themselves and first responders at risk by entering the pipeline and positioning themselves in a confined space.” The protestors disagree and feel the true danger is the pipeline running under the Hudson River that is too close to the old Indian Point nuclear power plant. The group is expected to be charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass. For more information on ResistSpectra: https://twitter.com/ResistAIM

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