Protester climbs tree to stop pipeline

A group of protesters is once again trying to stop Spectra Energy from building a new gas pipeline.



Today, over a dozen activists tried to stop tree removal crews from clearing a section of woods in Cortlandt Manor. At least one protester climb a tree to stop the chainsaws.



The group says it is illegal for tree removal crews to cut down any trees when there is a person within 300 feet, but the lumberjacks were still cutting despite the protests.



Police were on hand and said they would arrest anyone who interfered with the workers, but no arrests have been reported.



Last week, nine protesters were arrested for blocking access to Spectra Energy's construction yard in Montrose. The group appeared in court today, but the case was adjourned.



The new section of the Spectra Energy pipeline will go from Stony Point, under the Hudson River and into Verplanck and Buchanan.



Activists say the pipeline is too close to the nuclear power plant, only being 100 feet away from Indian Point. A lawsuit has been filed to stop the construction, but it has stalled in court.



A spokesperson for Spectra Energy told News 12 in the past that the project will provide affordable and environmentally friendly energy, adding that the company has been operating safely for more than 60 years.


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