FANG Locks Themselves To Gate Of Fracked Gas Facility

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BURRILLVILLE, R.I. – Two protesters were cut from a gate in Burrillville early Thursday morning and charged with trespass and disorderly conduct.

The two environmentalists were trying to disrupt construction on the Algonquin pipeline, owned by Spectra Energy.

One is a physics professor at the University of Rhode Island, Peter Nightingale.  He said there has to be more of a commitment to alternative energy and that burning natural gas is dooming our planet.

“We are destroying the environment, for our generation and for future generations,” Nightingale said.

He was arrested before protesting outside the office of U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.

His fellow protester is Dr. Curtis Nordgaard.

“Our goal was to have some attention brought to the topic,” Nordgaard said.

Spectra Energy’s Marylee Hanley told NBC 10, “Our pipeline provides a major source of energy for the nation.  It is our obligation to safely and securely operate these facilities.”

Nightingale said that natural gas is being falsely touted as clean energy. He said if one factors in drilling and transport, the pollution form natural gas is worse than “both coal and oil.”

Both men were released to return to court Aug. 25.

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