- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (AP) - Two men were forcibly removed and arrested after they chained themselves to the entrance of Spectra Energy’s compressor station in northwestern Rhode Island to protest plans to expand natural gas pipeline capacity.

Lt. John Connors of Burrillville police says the men linked their arms and locked themselves to the front gate of Spectra’s facility, which prevented employees from entering.

The protesters had to be cut from the gate. They were then taken to Rhode Island Hospital where staff removed a pipe device linking their arms.

A statement from the group Fighting Against Natural Gas, which has organized several protests against expansion of natural gas capacity into New England, said two of their members were responsible for the protest. The group says Rhode Island should be investing in cleaner energy sources.

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