BACKUS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities arrested two people accused of chaining themselves together inside a piece of pipe to protest construction of the Enbridge Energy Line 3 oil pipeline replacement in northern Minnesota.
Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch says the incident took place about 10:30 a.m. Thursday in McKinley Township, west of the town of Backus.
He says the protesters were taken into custody without incident and face charges of trespassing and obstructing.
About a dozen protesters showed up at the site.
One man was arrested for refusing to leave the area and one woman was arrested for violating conditions of release.
Line 3 starts in Alberta, Canada, and clips a corner of North Dakota before crossing northern Minnesota en route to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin.