The Enbridge 3: Tar Sands pipeline protesters released after sentencing

The Enbridge 3, Lisa Leggio, Vicci Hamlin and Barbara Carter, were all released with 13 months probation and 34 days time-served from an Ingham county jail on March 5 after their conviction Jan. 31 of misdemeanor trespassing, as well as felony resisting and obstructing police – related to their nonviolent protest action last July in Stockbridge, Michigan against the Enbridge tar sands pipeline. The three women had faced a maximum 2-3 years in prison.

Last summer the three women, members of MICATS – Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands, protested the construction of the Enbridge 6B pipeline, which will transport Canadian tar sands crude when completed, by locking themselves to heavy machinery on the site in order to disrupt construction.

The same pipeline, operated by Enbridge, a Canadian company, ruptured near Marshall, Michigan in 2010, and gushed nearly one million gallons of tar sands crude into the Kalamazoo River – making it the largest inland oil spill in American history.

In a twist of irony, after the four day jury trail, the three women were found guilty on Jan. 31 – the same day a U.S. State Department report gave approval for construction of the Keystone pipeline.

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