Rhinebeck man among protesters arrested at site of pipeline
A Rhinebeck man was among a group of seven protesters arrested Monday at the Spectra Algonquin Pipeline work site, state police said.
Mackenzie A. McDonald-Wilkins, 27, was arrested by state police at Cortlandt, a Westchester County town near Croton-on-Hudson, and was charged with trespass, a misdemeanor.
Police arrived on the scene and first arrested three protesters who had unlawfully entered the perimeter of the construction site after climbing the security fence, according to a state police press release.
Arrested and charged with misdemeanor trespass were Judith K. Canepa, 73, of New York; Kim A. Fracek, 41, of Brooklyn; and Judith Allen, 71, of Putnam Valley, police said. They were released with tickets for Cortlandt Town Court on Oct. 16.
The three other protesters, who were arrested with McDonald-Wilkins, were also charged with misdemeanor trespass.
They entered the construction site near a 1,000-foot section of uninstalled pipe and refused to exit until about 11:45 a.m., after police negotiations with the group’s leader, police said. Arrested along with McDonald-Wilkens were Janet Gonzales, 49, of Yonkers; David C. Publow, 49, of Troy; and Rebecca J. Berlin, 23, of Yorktown Heights.
They were released with tickets for Cortlandt Town Court on Oct. 17.
According to the Journal News, all seven were members of Resist Spectra, a group of anti-pipeline activists.
The Spectra Algonquin Pipeline supplies natural gas to parts of the Northeast United States, according to the Spectra Energy website. The firm is expanding pipeline capacity.