Sentence Next For Man In Michigan Pipeline Protest

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) – A Kalamazoo man convicted of illegally protesting a new oil pipeline is returning to court for his sentence.

Christopher Wahmhoff was convicted about two weeks ago of trespassing and resisting police. In June 2013, he spent about 10 hours inside an open pipe in Calhoun County’s Fredonia Township.

The pipeline was under construction for Enbridge. It’s the same Canadian company whose ruptured pipeline spilled 800,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River system in 2010.

Wahmhoff is due in court Monday and likely will be placed on probation. Enbridge and emergency responders say his protest cost them several thousand dollars.

Wahmhoff was a Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate. After his conviction, he said the protest was worth it, even if he faced 50 years in prison.

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