- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

HINESBURG, Vt. (AP) - Police say six people from Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire have been arrested while protesting a natural gas pipeline in the town of Hinesburg.

Police say the protesters were charged Thursday with unlawful restraint, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. They were cited and released.

The protest organized by Rising Tide began in Geprags Park, near the pipeline work site. Vermont Gas workers were blocked in by protesters for several hours before arrests were made.

Vermont Gas spokeswoman Beth Parent tells The Burlington Free Press the company’s teams continue to work “safely and efficiently.”

A group of town residents recently asked the state Public Service Board to reconsider a September decision granting easement access to the utility to begin work on the pipeline under Geprags Park via horizontal drilling.

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