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Two arrested protesting oil pipeline extension in Oxford

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OXFORD, Mich. (WJBK) - Two men are in prison after a demonstration near the precision pipeline storage yard in Oxford.
Duncan Tarr, 20, and Dylan Ochala Gorka, 22, used bike locks to tie their necks to a construction truck.  This disrupted a convoy of about 30 vehicles from working on the Enbridge pipeline expansion throughout Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and St. Clair counties.

"We have to stand up and peacefully spread awareness to this," Schlaff said. "And fight for those who are getting their property illegally seized by eminent domain by a foreign corporation."

Schlaff and the two men are from MI-CATS - Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands. Members waited hours outside the Oakland County jail for the two to be released.

"I believe we made a statement that the exploitation of land resources and people will not be tolerated," said Lisa Leggio of MI-CATS.

The expansion MI-CATS disrupted, comes after an Enbridge pipeline ruptured in southwest Michigan in 2010. It displaced 150 families from their residences and spilled more than a million gallons of heavy crude into the Kalamazoo River.

MI-CATS says it wants cleaner energy and fears another rupture.

"There's an issue of access to clean water," Schlaff said. "Access to land (and) access to air where we don't get asthma and we don't get our backyards polluted with toxic waste."

In a statement, Enbridge said the safety of everyone in the area, including the protesters, is of "the utmost importance."

The line 6b replacement project will enhance pipeline integrity and reduce the number of isolated repairs in these segments in coming years, causing less disruption to landowners, local communities and the environment.

To find out more about the project and protest, click the video player to see the full report.

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