Rhinebeck man among pro­test­ers ar­rested at site of pipe­line

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Diane Pineiro-Zucker dpzucker@free­manon­line.com di­aneat­free­man on Twitter

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.

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