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Environmental Activists Crawl into Pipeline to Block Construction, Officials Will Pursue Charges

UPDATE: 4:14 P.M. – RNRF has just learned that both protesters have been forcibly removed from the pipeline and are being booked into the Marion County Jail.

The male suspect was extracted from the pipeline at 1:06 p.m. and the female suspect was extracted at 2:03 p.m.

Officials haven’t released the suspect’s identities at this time.

Dunnellon (Citrus) – Law enforcement officers are on scene at the Sabal Trail Pipeline, located along SR-200, after two unidentified anti-pipeline activists crawled into the pipeline in efforts to stop the construction.

According to Marion County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson, Lauren Lettelier, “Around 7 a.m. this morning the sheriff’s office received a tip from a local protesting group that two individuals have hidden themselves inside the pipeline. “ Lettelier goes on to say, “Right now our goal is just to get them out. We have Paramedics on scene and our Field Force Team ready to handle any type of situation with traffic and crowd control“’
One of the protestors, Taylor Ashley was on scene and stated she was worried about the people inside of the pipeline. “I heard the paramedics are here because the Sheriff’s office is worried about oxygen deprivation… I know one of the protestors and she’s been in the pipeline since 2 a.m. It’s dangerous,” said Ashley. According to Ashley, the two protesters inside the pipeline are not part of her group.

“As of right now, we are not sure how deep the suspects went into to pipeline.” Lettelier said. “We have been trying since 7 a.m. to get them out peacefully but it’s not working.”

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has set up a quarter-mile perimeter around the shoulders of SR-200 at the intersection of SW 119th Court in Dunnellon . Officials are not allowing any vehicular or foot traffic to access the scene in an attempt to prevent injuries to protesters.

Officials say they will pursue criminal charges once the suspects are pulled from the pipeline.

Approximately 300 Dakota Access Pipeline protesters burned down their campsite at at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota today, after they were told to leave by 2:00 p.m. today.

We will bring more on this story as it develops.

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  • The average life expectancy is lower in the U.S. than many other countries. That is very sad.
    XSo what does that have to do with a pipeline….???

    Thursday, 23 February 2017, 4:21 pm
  • Spoken like a true liberal.
    Way to read up on all your CNN and Al Gore reporting.
    Global warming is a farce, and so is a lot of the nonsense you spew.

    Thursday, 23 February 2017, 3:06 pm
    • yeah stupid scientists and their dumb documentation. the earth is probably 3000 years old and flat also.. right? and genetics.. what a scam.. right? stupid science always getting in the way of intelligent people like yourself.

      Thursday, 23 February 2017, 9:14 pm
  • Solar panels not pipelines. Did they drive their solar panel powered cars there? How many solar panel airplanes are there? Calculate the output of a solar panel and figure out how many millions of acres of land would be required to power a small city. Until tech catches up, we need oil to make things work; including growing food.

    Thursday, 23 February 2017, 8:07 am
    • thats funny. i have a big vegetable and fruit garden that grows just fine with the sun and rain water. might grow better if i spray oil into it though right? our ancestors. oh how did they survive with out precious fossil fuels. must of been magic bc life is impossible with out oil.

      Thursday, 23 February 2017, 9:07 pm
  • I do not know much of this pipeline but I do know we are destroying our ability to live on this planet. Corporate greed has destroyed the majority of our oceans life in the last few decades. There are so many dead spots. Florida in some spots is losing as much as 10+ft of coastal land a year. In many areas of the us clean water is a luxury and I work with people that have had families forced to move from other cities bc the water was so polluted. We are seeing new diseases and aggressive forms of cancer with all the environmental pollution. Our oxygen percentages are down each year, and soil quality has greatly diminished. We have huge corporate frugal billionaires paying big money for bunker shelters. Our next big world war will be over food and clean water. Theres enough documentation and science to back this up but the majority of people are asleep. Just going through the motions. Just look at our population studies. Each year the majority of people in the usa get bigger, sicker, and intellectual competence is and has been on a decline.

    Thursday, 23 February 2017, 7:50 am
    • Foodforthought I betcha you don’t have one solar panel on your house! That’s it, I am getting a tatoo across my chest that says DO NOT TAKE ME TO THE HOSPITAL THAT YOU WORK AT, EVER!!! YOU would probably talk me to death anyway, while trying to dazzle me with your brillance. Glad these idiots got arrested. Dakota access pipeline is now going to cost about a million dollars to clean up the cesspool of urine and poop that these wonderful protesters left behind, as well as all the pollution they cause by the fires they started. Brainless and nasty!!!

      Thursday, 23 February 2017, 1:15 pm
      • you are correct that i dont have solar panels on my house. i do use solar energy items though and carry solar units in my hiking pack. Yeah I cant disagree that while they might have had good intentions, the method was not the the best. and btw the hospital I work at has wonderful health care providers. Dont worry. Conversation would be limited to the scope of care you need.

        Thursday, 23 February 2017, 9:05 pm
    • The average life expectancy is lower in the U.S. than many other countries. That is very sad.

      Thursday, 23 February 2017, 1:55 pm
  • WTF? You No Know Who All The LibTards Are Around! Why Aren’t They At Work? Because They Don’t Have Jobs! Losing All There Free Sh*t! Drop A Bunch of Rattle Snakes in There. That Will Get EM Out : )

    Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 6:53 pm
    • So wanting clean renewable energy is a bad thing? Instead of acknowledging other peoples ideas, lets just throw rattle snakes on them. That’s the rebel way of doing it.

      Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 8:47 pm
      • We dont need there ideas there in the rain with solar panel sign see you libbies lost we would like you to go crawl in a hole just not pipe. Smack a protester today make him feel loved and there is no safe place here.

        Thursday, 23 February 2017, 7:59 am
  • i almost dont blame people, we are sick of the growth down here, leave us alone already, been here since the 80,s and its getting crazy. Way to much traffic. Greedy developers

    Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 6:05 pm

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