Police advised those arrested that they faced up to a $1,000 fine and 180 days in jail.
“They feel strongly enough that they’re going to take that risk,” said Amanda Starbuck, a spokeswoman for the Rainforest Action Network, which also organized the protest.
Opponents to the pipeline have argued that it will create additional incentive to produce crude from oil sands, which creates more emissions than conventional oil production. They also warned against the risks of an oil spill from a pipeline and the challenges of cleaning it up, pointing to complications following recent spills in Arkansas and Michigan.
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