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12 Enbridge Protesters Arrested In Stockbridge

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STOCKBRIDGE, Mich. (WLNS) – Twelve people were arrested for trespassing Monday during protests at an Enbridge Inc. construction site in Stockbridge. Four of the protesters attached themselves to construction equipment, and emergency officials spent more than two hours trying to cut them free.

The protesters were members of a group called the Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands. The group opposes Enbridge's use of tar sands oil, as well as its pipeline expansion project of Line 6B, which runs through Mid-Michigan.

Protesters arrived on the scene of Enbridge's Stockbridge station around 6 a.m., and remained there until shortly after noon. Crews are currently in the process of installing part of Line 6B, and protesters attached themselves to equipment on the site of the construction to thwart workers from moving forward.

Enbridge officials say encourage dialogue among the community, but add that trespassing and risking safety by attaching to equipment is not the ideal away to facilitate conversations.

The 12 protesters will be charged with trespassing; some will face charges of resisting arrest.  

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