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Six Arrested For Protesting Spectra Pipeline

A protester climbed up a 20-foot tripod to oppose construction of the Spectra pipeline.
A protester climbed up a 20-foot tripod to oppose construction of the Spectra pipeline. Photo Credit: Erik McGregor

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Six people were arrested in Peekskill Monday morning after erecting a 20-foot tripod in an attempt to block construction of the Spectra pipeline.

The six people, four women and two men, were charged with criminal trespassing in the 3rd degree, a misdemeanor after being arrested at 7 a.m. on Albany Post Road near the intersection of Lower South Street, according to Paul Astrologo of the Peekskill Police.

Jessica Rechtschaffer, a Croton-on-Hudson resident, climbed up to the top of the tripod and sat down.

The pipeline was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in March 2015. An appeal filed by the Town of Cortlandt in January was denied.

Spectra has said in statements that the pipeline will be constructed, operated and maintained to meet or exceed federal safety standards and regulations. In two separate incidents, 11 people were arrested for protesting the pipeline.

The pipeline will carry gas from Pennsylvania to New England. It runs through Stony Point, under the Hudson, and through parts of Westchester, including Cortlandt.

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