Three more arrested in Sandisfield pipeline protests

Recorder Staff
Published: 11/6/2017 11:13:45 PM

Three more protestors were arrested at the site of the natural gas pipeline project in Sandisfield Nov. 1 on charges of disorderly conduct.

According to a Massachusetts State Police press release, those arrested were Priscilla Lynch, 65, of Conway; Max Bambery, 31, of Lenox; and Jacob Renner, 24, of Sharon, Conn.

Lynch, a member of the grassroots organization Sugar Shack Alliance, was arrested at the pipeline project previously in June and September. When reached following her September arrest, Lynch said her charges had been dismissed.

“We will be there as long as Kinder Morgan is there,” Lynch said in a September interview. “We’re there because all the other methods of checks and balances (in government) are failing us.”

In addition to a disorderly conduct charge, Renner was charged with two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, trespassing and resisting arrest.

Renner and another man trespassed onto private property at 114 South Beech Plain Road at approximately 1 p.m., according to the release. When asked to leave by a private security officer, Renner and the other man reportedly refused, leading police to respond.

Renner allegedly ran along South Beech Plain Road when police attempted to arrest him, shoving two of them and struggling at length to get free.

The other man with Renner fled into the woods and was not located, according to the release.

Shortly after, at approximately 1:50 p.m., troopers continued to the project site where 30 to 40 protestors were reportedly blocking the road, shouting and chanting. The release states the protestors were blocking the path of a large dump truck and while many moved aside for police, others steadfastly refused.

“Eventually, most protestors walked out of the road, but Bambery and Lynch refused to do so and were arrested,” the release reads. All three were brought to Berkshire County jail, and appeared in court Nov. 2.


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