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Enbridge Pipeline Protestors Chain Themselves To Bulldozers

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July 23, 2013 — Authorities say they’ve arrested 12 people protesting a Michigan oil pipeline project.

The Lansing State Journal reports the arrests Monday came during a Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands protest in rural Ingham County.

The protesters want to halt Enbridge Incorporated’s building of a new line. The Calgary, Alberta-based company’s pipeline ruptured in southwestern Michigan in 2010, spilling about 800,000 gallons of oil into a river. The line runs from Sarnia, Ontario to Griffith, Indiana.

Sheriff’s office personnel made eight initial arrests. Authorities later arrested four others who had attached themselves in groups of two to a pair of bulldozers.

Sheriff’s Lieutenant Vern Elliott says it took authorities from the state police and Michigan State University police around 90 minutes to detach the four from the bulldozers.

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