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Man faces charges after Michigan oil line protest

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm •  Published: June 25, 2013

FREDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A protester is facing charges of trespassing and obstructing police after spending 10 hours inside an oil pipeline under construction in southern Michigan.

WOOD-TV ( ) says that 35-year-old Chris Wahmhoff was booked at the Calhoun County jail after ending the protest Monday at the site is near Marshall in Fredonia Township. He was arraigned Tuesday on the charges that carry a maximum penalty of 2 years in prison.

Protesters seek to halt Enbridge Inc.'s building of a new line, saying it endangers public health. The Calgary, Alberta-based company's pipeline ruptured nearby in 2010, spilling 800,000 gallons of oil into a river.

Enbridge says it makes public safety a priority.

The line runs from Sarnia, Ontario, to Griffith, Ind.


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