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5 arrested at Vermont natural gas pipeline protest

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — Five people have been arrested following a protest against a natural gas pipeline in Vermont.

Dozens gathered in Williston early Monday morning at the work site. The protest was organized by the group Rising Tide Vermont.

Police say one woman attached herself to construction equipment, was freed by rescue crews and arrested. Another man attached himself to an excavator. They say they’ll end up with citations if they’re Vermont residents.

The pipeline is slated to extend the Vermont Gas transmission network 41 miles from Colchester to Middlebury. It’s intended to provide natural gas to more than 3,000 new customers.

Vermont Gas says the protests didn’t impact their Monday work plans.

Related news: Iowa board votes to allow pipeline work to begin in state.

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