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Activist gets probation for stand he took against Enbridge pipeline

Dec 29, 2014

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Chris Wahmhoff spent hours inside a pipeline under construction in June 2013. He was part of a protest against the construction of a new pipeline across Michigan. While the other protestors eventually left, Wahmhoff spent several hours inside the pipeline, shutting down work for the day.

The Enbridge line was constructed to replace the one that burst near Marshall in 2010, spilling more than a million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River. The new pipe is now operating.

He could’ve gotten up to two years in jail for trespassing and resisting police.

On Monday afternoon, Wahmhoff was sentenced to one year probation. The judge said he would not need to serve 60 days in jail, assuming he doesn’t get into trouble while on probation.