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Eco-protesters get probation in Enbridge pipeline protest

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
Protester Barbara Carter hugs a supporter after leaving the Ingham County jail. She and her fellow defendents were sentenced to 13 months probation.

A judge has sentenced a trio of environmental activists to probation for their role in an oil pipeline protest near Stockbridge last July.

The protesters attached themselves to heavy equipment at the Enbridge pipeline work site.  They were convicted of trespassing and obstruction in January. 

The protesters could have faced up to two years in prison.

Protester Vicci Hamlin says she remains committed to the fight against Canadian tar sands oil. 

“I think that the more people that risk going to jail the more that things will change,” says Hamlin.

Before her sentencing, Hamlin told the judge that Enbridge officials are the ones who deserve to be in jail.  

An Enbridge oil pipeline ruptured in 2010 near Marshall, spilling nearly a million gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River. The cleanup continues.  

Hamlin and fellow protester, Barbara Carter, walked free from the Ingham County Jail this afternoon.  The third protester, Lisa Leggio, remained in the jail reportedly because of an unrelated warrant.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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