Oct 10, 2016, 11:27 pmOct 10, 2016, 11:42 pm

4 activists lock themselves inside pipe to halt construction of Spectra AIM pipeline

‘We believe there should be no pipeline, not here, not anywhere,’ one protestor says

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In the early hours of Monday morning, protestors Rebecca Berlin, Mackenzie Wilkins, Dave Publow, and Janet Gonzalez snuck into the Spectra AIM pipeline worksite and climbed into a steel pipeline which will soon carry natural gas below the Hudson River.

They locked themselves in, vowing to stay inside until construction of the Spectra AIM pipeline is stopped.

The pipeline, which spans from Pennsylvania to New England, is 42-inches in diameter. Specific to New York, it's within 105 feet of the Indian Point nuclear power plant and it would also carry gas through residential communities, putting 20 million people at risk in the event of pipeline rupture.

New York State Police spent the day trying to reason with the four inside, threatening to extract them with force. Police say if they come out willingly, their only charge will be criminal trespass, which is a misdemeanor.

The protestors plan to spend the night in the pipe with food, water and blankets that they've packed, all in the hopes of putting a stop to the construction of the pipeline.

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