Air mattress threat brings pipeline threat to an end

Protests over the Enbridge pipeline are nothing new in Michiana, but one group

Courtesy MICATS

Protests over the Enbridge pipeline are nothing new in Michiana, but one group's actions are a twist on their usual methods.

The Michiana Coalition Against Tar Sands (MICATS) delayed construction on Monday with a complicated booby trap, which would have hurt the protesters if tripped.

In the middle of the night, they rigged construction equipment and raised a platform 50 feet in the air. Then one woman climbed up for a sit-in.

If anyone on the ground tried to tamper with the equipment or ropes, the platform would tip, and she would plummet to the ground. Police threatened to cut the lines anyway, but they brought out air mattresses to cushion the fall. Fortunately it didn't get that far.

After several hours, police convinced the protester to come down, as long as she would not be arrested.


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