More Pipeline Protesters Due In Court After Arrests

Jul 31, 2017

Despite ongoing construction and few remaining challenges, the protests continue at the construction site of a natural gas pipeline in southern Berkshire county.

Twenty-two more people were arrested for trespassing over the weekend. Half of them were also arrested at previous protests.

In the past, the district attorney's office has downgraded the charges to a civil penalty.

Dennis Carr of Cummington is among those arrested twice. He said he's somewhat concerned about perhaps facing criminal charges this time around.

"We're doing what we have to do," Carr said. "The regulatory agencies have completely failed us. They're staffed by the industries that they're supposed to be regulating. So, it's up to citizens to stand up and say, 'No, this is not right.'"

The latest batch of demonstrators are due back in court for arraignment over the next couple weeks.