Man emerges from Michigan oil line after protest

FREDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A protester has emerged from an oil pipeline at a southern Michigan construction site, ending a protest that lasted about 10 hours.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Saxton says the man emerged about 5 p.m. Monday. Thirty-five-year-old Chris Wahmhoff was first reported inside the pipe about 6:45 a.m.

The site is near Marshall in Fredonia Township.

Protesters seek to halt Enbridge Inc.’s building of a new line, saying it endangers public health. The Calgary, Alberta-based company’s pipeline ruptured nearby in 2010, spilling 800,000 gallons of oil into a river.

WWMT-TV reports Enbridge released a statement saying its “priority is for the safety of everyone in the area, including the protester.”

The line runs from Sarnia, Ontario, to Griffith, Ind.