Protester stalls work on Enbridge pipeline project

2013-09-16T19:30:00Z 2013-09-16T20:43:05Z Protester stalls work on Enbridge pipeline projectStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 16, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

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.

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