7 Arrested For Protesting Near Indian Point
Seven people, most from the Hudson Valley, were arrested following protests at the Indian Point Energy Center.
The group spent nearly a day inside a 42-inch gas pipeline at the Spectra Algonquin Pipeline worksite. The sit-in was aimed to protest plans to expand the pipeline under the Hudson River.
The protesters released cell phone videos from the pipeline, outlining their issues, calling the pipeline dangerous and warning that it could cause an explosion.
According to police, three protesters climbed a security fence to unlawfully enter the construction site. 71-year-old Judith Allen of Putnam Valley, Kim A. Fracezk, 41, and 73-year-old Judith K. Canepa were all charged with criminal trespass, a misdemeanor.
All three were issued appearance tickets directing them to appear in the Town of Cortlandt Court on Oct. 16.
Four other protesters are accused of illegally entering the site and remaining near an uninstalled pipe. The protesters refused to exit the pipe until approximately 11:45 p.m., when police successfully negotiated with the group’s leader, officials say.
Mackenzie A. McDonald-Wilkins, 27, of Rhinebeck, 49-year-old Janet Gonzalez of Yonkers, 23-year-old Rebecca J. Berlin, of Yorktown Heights and David C. Publow were also charged with criminal trespass.
They were issued appearance tickets directing them to appear in the Town of Cortlandt Justice Court on Oct. 17.