Sep 9th, 2012
“Today [Sep 6] the ongoing protest called “Spectra Showdown,” [in New York City]has finally turned into the scene of civil disobedience that the group has been anticipating. At least two people have been reportedly arrested.
“After pre-construction in July, Spectra Energy begins a new phase of construction today that has involved shipments of materials on a barge on the Hudson and from the West Side Highway. Spectra hardhats were seen on people digging at 8:30 this morning right next to the bike path while protesters gathered next to them. A barge with a crane was on the River. The protesters held banners but it wasn’t until after 10 AM that it was tweeted that two were arrested.
“The protest has been against hydrofracking (a process being used to drill for natural gas in the Marcellus shale fields of Pennsylvania and the general bioregion).”