BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — Burrillville police have confirmed that two protesters have been arrested for locking themselves to the front gate of Spectra Energy’s facility.
The two men were purportedly protesting the fracked-gas compressor station in Burrillville, including a proposed $700 million power plant and a $100 million LNG facility in Providence.
Lt. John Connors of Burrillville police says the men linked their arms and locked themselves to the front gate of Spectra’s facility, which prevented employees from entering.
The protesters had to be cut from the gate. They were then taken to Rhode Island Hospital where staff removed a pipe device linking their arms.
Police have not officially released the names of the two men.