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April 26, 2013

Man arrested at protest

Coalgate —

An unknown man was arrested Thursday after he buried his arm in concrete to protest a pipeline.

The incident occurred on County Road 1590, two miles east of Lula just before 9 a.m. The man’s identity was not available as messages left for Coal County sheriff’s officials went unanswered by press time Thursday. However, Lula Fire Chief Kim Johnson confirmed the event and arrest which he responded to.

“He dug a hole and buried his arm in the ground and poured concrete around it,” Johnson said. “He had himself chained in the hole. We had to move the concrete out and remove rebar to get his arm out.”

Johnson said there were four or five protesters at the site, but left when law enforcement directed them to. The arrest follows an arrest earlier this month of a Warr Acres woman who secured herself to an excavator near Allen with a bike lock. She was taken into custody by Hughes County sheriff’s officials while protesting at a construction site for the Keystone XL Pipeline project, a 1,179-mile project stretching from Canada to Nebraska. The Albert, Canada-based company TransCanada is building the $5.3 billion project, which is designed to ship crude oil from Canadian tar sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast and in the Midwest.

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