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Protester climbs into Enbridge Energy oil pipeline near Marshall

MARSHALL (WKZO) -- There was an up close and personal oil pipeline protest Monday.  A man has climbed into an Enbridge Energy oil pipeline replacement being installed near Marshall.

Calhoun County Sheriff’s deputies and rescue crews responded to the scene amid concerns the protester would be faced with breathing problems after lodging himself about 15-feet inside the line.  The protester was identified as 35-year-old Chris Whamhoff, an organizer for Occupy Kalamazoo by the Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands.  The group charged that the response to the situation at the pipeline was a lockdown.

A statement from Enbridge said safety for everyone in the area was their first priority, and that included the protestor.  The company went on to say they respect the rights of people to express their views and discuss Enbridge’s business.