Pipeline protesters come before the judge to dispute trespassing

Pipeline protesters come before the judge to dispute trespassing

Protesters and state police retold their accounts from months of protest around Kinder Morgan’s work near Sandisfield in a two-and-a-half-hour court session at Southern Berkshire District Court on Jan. 30. Assistant District Attorney Caitlin Shugrue represented the Commonwealth. None of the defendants had a lawyer and so represented themselves, which at times presented a situation […]

Pipeline protester’s defense asks for police transmissions, policies

Pipeline protester’s defense asks for police transmissions, policies

GREAT BARRINGTON — The legal defense for a Kinder Morgan pipeline protester facing criminal charges has filed a motion asking for 15 categories of information from the prosecution and investigators, including radio transmissions between police officers, transmissions between security officers, and the Taser policy of the police department. Jake Renner, of Sharon, Conn., was charged […]

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

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 […]

Almost 30 pipeline protesters heard in South Berkshire court

Almost 30 pipeline protesters heard in South Berkshire court

GREAT BARRINGTON – In one of the longest civil trespass hearings yet, 26 Otis State Forest pipeline project protesters had their day in court. On Sept. 26, a group of 22 people – arrested July 29 during the “Picnics, not pipelines” demonstration – had their civil hearing. The same day, four other protesters – arrested […]

Following ‘picnics,’ 22 protesters arrested at pipeline site

Following ‘picnics,’ 22 protesters arrested at pipeline site

SANDISFIELD – John Cohen, of Northampton, was sitting on a blanket, eating a sandwich, surrounded by three other picnickers when a van of state troopers pulled up next to him. The state troopers, alongside Capt. John Penniman, approached Cohen and asked him to leave his picnic spot – he was, after all, they said, trespassing. […]