Pro­tester chained to equip­ment ar­rested

Hot Springs man op­poses pipe­line

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

Only Hamil­ton and a friend were at the site, and only Hamil­ton had chained him­self to equip­ment.

The Pope County sher­iff’s of­fice on Mon­day ar­rested a man who had chained him­self to equip­ment in­tended for use in the con­struc­tion of the Di­a­mond Pipe­line.

Po­lice ar­rested Tyler Vance Hamil­ton of Hot Springs, who had chained him­self to an ex­ca­va­tor at an Illi­nois Bayou drill site, ac­cord­ing to a vol­un­teer with the group Arkansas Ris­ing. Only Hamil­ton and a friend were at the site, and only Hamil­ton had chained him­self to equip­ment.

Arkansas Ris­ing op­poses the pipe­line and sup­ports demon­stra­tions against it.

Hamil­ton will ap­pear be­fore Pope County Dis­trict Judge Don Bourne Wed­nes­day to face charges of crim­i­nal tres­pass, re­fusal to as­sist a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer, ob­struct­ing gov­ern­men­tal op­er­a­tions and sec­ond-de­gree crim­i­nal mis­chief, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s of­fice. The sher­iff’s of­fice did not re­lease a full po­lice re­port to the Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette.

The Di­a­mond Pipe­line will run from Cush­ing, Okla., to Valero En­ergy Corp.’s re­fin­ery in Mem­phis, and it has been op­posed by peo­ple con­cerned that the pipe­line poses a risk to nearby drink­ing wa­ter and crosses the Trail of Tears.

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