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Seven Arrested In Latest Algonquin Protest In Cortlandt

Two protesters sit atop one of the pipes Monday being used to construct the Algonquin Pipeline project.
Two protesters sit atop one of the pipes Monday being used to construct the Algonquin Pipeline project. Photo Credit: Resist Spectra/Facebook

CORTLANDT, N.Y. --  A total of seven protesters have been arrested by the State Police at the Spectra Algonquin Pipeline worksite.

State Police arrested three protesters who had unlawfully entered the perimeter of the construction site after they climbed the security fence Monday morning, said Trooper Melissa McMorris.

Judith K. Canepa, 73,  of New York City; Kim A. Fraczek, 41, of Brooklyn, and Judith Allen, 71, of Putnam Valley, were charged with criminal trespass.  All are scheduled to appear in the Town of Cortlandt Court on Oct. 16, McMorris said.

Four additional protesters were arrested when they unlawfully entered the construction site and began a sit-in in a 1,000 foot section of uninstalled pipe. The protesters refused to exit the pipe until approximately 11:45 p.m. when police successfully negotiated with the group’s leader, she added.

Janet Gonzalez, 49, of Yonkers, David C. Publow, 49, of Troy, Mackenzie A. McDonald-Wilkins, 27, of Rhinebeck, and Rebecca J. Berlin, 23, of Yorktown Heights, were also charged with criminal trespass. They are scheduled to appear in the Town of Cortlandt Justice Court on Oct. 17, McMorris said.

Spectra Energy, who is building the pipeline, said they plan to make sure all arrested are prosecuted.

The group were protesting to try and prevent Spectra Energy from dragging its 42-inch-diameter, high-pressure, fracked-methane gas pipeline under the Hudson River, alongside the aging and failing Indian Point nuclear power plant, Resist Spectra spokeswoman Courtney Williams said.

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