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Arrests made as protestors halt ongoing pipeline construction in Hinesburg

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HINESBURG, Vt. -

At least half a dozen protestors were arrested for blocking construction of a pipeline that runs through Hinesburg.

"This is all we have left. We have to put our bodies in front of construction," said Will Bennington, protestor.

Over 100 pipeline protestors gathered in Hinesburg Thursday morning. They crossed the construction line despite the risk of arrest.

"A lot of people here feel that there's no other recourse," said Rebecca Dalgin, from Central Vermont Climate Action.

The 41-mile pipeline set to travel through Hinesburg will carry natural gas from Colchester to Middlebury.

Over 40 miles are already finished, there's just over 2,000 feet left near Geprags Park.

"We're working really hard, this is almost done. We see the light at the end of the tunnel," said Beth Parent, Vermont Gas.

But it hasn't stopped the fight from opponents with more groups joining part of a wider movement opposed to new fossil fuel infrastructure.

"We don't have to sit by and let our government keep making poor decisions, and let multinational corporations continue to destroy our landscape," said Bennington.

The number of protestors was much bigger than the police presence, so cops could really only standby and wait it out.

But as numbers dwindled, some protestors who remained and refused to leave were placed in cuffs.

"It's not just Vermont Gas. These are private property landowners," said Chief Frank Koss, Hinesburg Police Department.

Reporter Tyler Dumont: Did you take off work for this?

Protestor: Uh, I worked a 10-hour day yesterday on the farm I work in to make up for the hours I'm missing today.

But he's not the only one missing out on work. Every time Vermont Gas has to stop, customers pay the price.

"There will be a cost associated with this delay, unfortunately," said Parent.

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