In apparent moment of respite, pipeline resistance, state police debate philosophy of fossil fuels

SANDISFIELD – It was a calm day down at the pipeline project Thursday.

No one was arrested. No one trespassed. And no one blocked traffic. There was a brief argument between a self-described “water protector” and a state trooper, but that fizzled quickly.

Overall, as pipeline protester Erik Burcroff put it, Oct. 5 was “mellow.”

“We didn’t plan on getting voluntarily arrested today,” Burcroff, decked out in mock high-visibility gear and construction clothes, said.

Instead of camping and picnicking on the actual pipeline – as was done in July – or human chaining – like the time in May – across an access road, protesters spent the day marching along local roads and legally hanging around Kinder Morgan hot spots.

As the crew of protesters, about 20 of them, moved down Cold Spring Road, state police took notice – as they always have.

Pick up this week’s Record for more on this story.

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