Judge dismisses charges against oil line protester

Oil is seen in a river along 15 Mile Road near Marshall after an Enbridge pipeline burst. (2010 file photo)

FREDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A judge has dismissed charges against a Kalamazoo man who spent 10 hours inside an oil pipeline under construction in southern Michigan.

A judge in Calhoun County on Monday dropped charges of trespassing and obstructing police against 35-year-old Christopher Wahmhoff for the June 24, 2013, protest at an Enbridge Inc. pipeline site in Fredonia Township, near Marshall.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports Assistant Prosecutor Matt Smith says his office will file resisting police charges against Wahmhoff.

The protest was part of an effort to halt the Calgary, Alberta-based company from building a new line. The site is near where an Enbridge line ruptured in 2010, spilling 800,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River system and causing persisting pollution problems.

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

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