- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BURRILVILLE, R.I. (AP) - A 26-year-old Warren woman has been arrested for a tree-sitting protest of a proposed natural gas pipeline expansion.

Sherrie Anne Andre was charged Tuesday afternoon with trespassing, resisting arrest, obstruction and disorderly conduct.

Andre had suspended a wooden platform in the tree near a Spectra Energy compressor station in Burrillville early Tuesday. Police say she was in the tree for about five hours.

Andre is a member of Fighting Against Natural Gas, or FANG. The group says the tree is on land that would be cleared if the gas compressor station were upgraded to expand the Algonquin pipeline, which brings natural gas to New England from shale formations.

It’s unclear if Andre is represented by a lawyer.

A second protester who was on the ground was also arrested.



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