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Update: Four arrested in Superior pipeline protest

Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com Members of the Douglas County Sheriff Department work to free a protestor chained to a piece of machinery on the Enbridge worksite along 58th Street in Superior on Wednesday morning.

Four protesters were arrested today at the Enbridge pipeline work site where it crosses North 58th Street in south Superior near Cedar Avenue.

The protest was first reported at 6:45 a.m., according to Superior police records. Assistant Police Chief Matt Markon said that about 15 protesters had assembled at the construction site. All on-duty police officers were called to the scene. At one point, Markon said, at least six police officers and one Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputy were on site.

One female was arrested for trespassing and resisting an officer, Markon said, and one male was arrested on Douglas County warrant related to an earlier protest in the Superior area. Two men who secured themselves to the equipment were also arrested for trespassing, resisting arrest and bail jumping. After previous arrests, they had bail conditions of not interfering with Enbridge pipeline construction.

One of the men secured himself to an excavator and another man secured himself to a piece of pipe.

All those arrested were brought to the Douglas County Jail. There was no damage done during the protest and arrests and no one was injured. All officers and deputies cleared the site at about 12:50 p.m.

"Each time there are protesters, the police department either calls in additional officers or uses as many on-duty personnel as we can," Markon said.

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