LAPORTE COUNTY | A woman 40 feet up in a tree and tied to a bulldozer Monday held up work on the extension of the Enbridge Energy pipeline between LaPorte and Michigan City.

It took six hours of police negotiations before the 22-year-old woman lowered herself down with ropes about 3 p.m. and was taken into custody.

LaPorte County police Chief Deputy Jim Sosinski said Jessica Clark, of Kalamazoo, Mich., was booked on charges of trespassing and resisting law enforcement, both Class A misdemeanors.

Officers about were called about 9 a.m. when crews with Precision Pipeline showed up for work and spotted two subjects near a bulldozer and the woman high up in a tree in the 1900 block of N. Goldring Rd.

She was on a platform held secure by ropes tied off to the bulldozer.

The woman refused to come down unless work was stopped on the pipeline extension.

"I knew we were going to be in for a long haul," said Sosinski.

Enbridge began work last year on replacing 75 miles of 30-inch pipeline with a 36-inch pipes in Lake, Porter, LaPorte and St. Joseph counties in Indiana and into Michigan.

It's part of a system that brings in heavy crude from Canada.

John is the Porter County editor for The Times. He is a Region native and graduate of Valparaiso University. He has worked for The Times since 1996 and previously worked for newspapers in Jasper and Newton counties.