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Man Climbs Inside Michigan Oil Pipeline In Protest

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Pipeline (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images, File)

Pipeline (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images, File)

FREDONIA TOWNSHIP (AP) – A protester has climbed into an oil pipeline at a southern Michigan construction site, and emergency crews are working to get him out.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports the man is 25 yards inside the opening of the line near Marshall in Calhoun County’s Fredonia Township.
Air is being pushed in toward him, and officials are monitoring carbon monoxide levels at the scene.

Protesters at the site want Enbridge Inc. to stop building a new line. They say it endangers public health, considering the Calgary, Alberta-based company’s pipeline ruptured nearby in 2010, spilling 800,000 gallons of oil into a river.

WWMT-TV reports Enbridge released a statement saying its “priority is for the safety of everyone in the area, including the protester.”

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

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