Conway woman among pipeline protesters arrested

For The Recorder
Published: 6/26/2017 7:01:15 PM

The eight men and women who protested Kinder Morgan pipeline work through Otis State Forest and who were arrested by Massachusetts State Police in Sandisfield Saturday have been identified.

They include Priscilla Lynch, 65, of Conway as well as 98-year-old Frances Crowe, who has a storied history of activism in Northampton.

According to a statement from the Sugar Shack Alliance, the eight protesters face trespassing charges after they held a mock funeral for fossil fuels and carried a coffin into the easement where the pipeline is being constructed.

The other six protesters, according to state police:

Eric Burcroff, 57, of Plainfield

Dennis Carr, 59, of Cummington

Ellen Graves, 76, of West Springfield

Constance Harvard, 69, of Northampton

Elizabeth Ramirez, 47, of Holyoke

Laura Simon, 63, of Wilder, Vt.

The state police, in a statement, said the protest was peaceful and all were transported to the Berkshire House of Correction, where they were to be booked.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, started sitework on its Connecticut Expansion Project in April, and was soon met with protests.

The tri-state $93 million project to construct a natural gas storage loop received a go-ahead from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In May, despite opposition from activists and U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, FERC denied citizen and other requests to halt construction.

The Sugar Shack Alliance and others are opposed to the pipeline running through public lands.


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