3 protesters tie themselves pipeline equipment, have been arrested

LINDSIDE, W. Va. – Three protesters from Massachusetts were arrested after tying themselves to the equipment in West Virginia to halt the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

State police Sgt. C. K. McKenzie is telling news outlets that they attached themselves to a tunnel, and earth-moving machines on Monday.

The charges of trespassing, obstructing an officer and resisting arrest were filed against the 18-year-old Sydney Patricia White, 21 years old, Evin Tyler Uger and 25-year-old Maxwell Harry Shaw. McKenzie described their resistance as “passive,” says it took almost two hours to free them.

It is unclear whether they have lawyers. Each was released on $1,500 bond.

Legal and regulatory challenges, tree-sitting and other acts of resistance have failed to stop the construction of the 300-mile (480 km) natural gas pipeline.

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