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Enbridge Protesters Headed To Circuit Court

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Four pipeline protesters slapped with felonies after they locked themselves to a forklift faced an Ingham County judge Thursday and are now headed to circuit court.

In July, they decided to lock themselves to forklifts at an Enbridge oil pipeline site in Stockbridge. Although they face serious charges, they say what Enbridge is doing to the environment is much worse.

"They don't care about people. They don't care about the planet. They don't care about anything except the money that's in their pockets," said Barbara Carter, a pipeline protester.

Carter is one of the four protesters who took their frustration with Enbridge and locked it to a forklift.

The destruction she's talking about is the expansion of the Enbridge 6B pipeline that runs across Michigan and through southern Ingham county.

In July, she and three other people took a day and made their home on company equipment while other protesters stood by for support. Those same protesters made another appearance, this time in court. Because the four who locked themselves to equipment in Stockbridge are facing felony charges of obstruction and resisting, as well as trespassing.

"It's unwarranted the action that's coming against us, but I'm prepared to handle it," said Lisa Leggio, another pipeline protester.

The four protesters will be back in court in September. Meanwhile, work on the Enbridge pipeline continues.

The Comstock Township planning commission approved the Enbridge dredging plan Thursday night, which means the Candian pipeline company can start removing wood and debris from areas along the river. The original plan to house a dredge pad was denied earlier this month. More than $8,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Kalamazoo river 3 years ago when the underground pipeline ruptured.

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