For Immediate Release
Ryan Gillard, Rising Tide Vermont 802-359-3520
Pipeline Protestor Arrested, Released, Charged With One Misdemeanor
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Johanna Anderson, who had locked herself to a piece of Vermont Gas' fracked gas pipeline in Essex Thursday morning, was charged with one count of unlawful trespass in Chittenden County court. She was released from police custody late Thursday afternoon.
Despite earlier reports from police and several news outlets, Anderson was not charged with a felony.
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"I took action today because communities from Alberta to Monkton deserve a healthy and safe environment, and this pipeline is a direct assault on those communities," Anderson said upon her release. "The concerns of ratepayers, impacted landowners and the public have been ignored for almost three years, so we're forced to take direct action to stop this illegitimate project."
Anderson plans to participate in Monday evening's vigil outside of the Public Service Board technical hearings for phase 1 of the fracked gas pipeline.
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