4 face felony charges after oil pipeline protest

STOCKBRIDGE, Mich. (AP) — Four people are facing felony charges following arrests at a protest seeking to block a Michigan oil pipeline project.

The Lansing State Journal reports the four are charged with resisting and obstructing police, punishable by up to two years in prison. Each also faces a misdemeanor trespassing charge.

A hearing in the case is Aug. 1.

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Authorities say they were among 11 people arrested Monday during a Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands protest in rural Ingham County. The protesters want to halt Enbridge Inc.’s building of a new line.

Officials initially reported 12 arrests, but later revised the number.

Last month, a man spent 10 hours in an oil pipeline at a southern Michigan construction site in protest.

The Calgary, Alberta-based company’s pipeline ruptured in southwestern Michigan in 2010, spilling about 800,000 gallons of oil into a river. The pipeline runs from Sarnia, Ontario, to Griffith, Ind.