Protesters arrested after crawling into pipeline – Park Rapids Enterprise

Two men were arrested July 27 in Hubbard County after crawling into a section of pipe on the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement project.

According to a press release from the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, multiple persons were reported trespassing at 12:55 a.m. on a pipeline worksite in Straight River Township.

Pipeline workers reported that two people crawled into the pipe while others ran off into the woods, the release says. Arriving deputies learned that the section of pipe was over 2,000 feet long and that the trespassers had not yet come out.

Attached to ropes, two deputies entered the pipe in an attempt to apprehend the suspects. The two suspects were uncooperative and crawled further into the pipe, the release says.

At 1,540 feet in, the deputies apprehended the men, who were attached to each other with a “sleeping dragon” device, the release says. The men refused to release themselves from the device. Deputies and pipeline workers then pulled all four people out of the pipe.

The two suspects were identified as Brock Hefel, 25, of Dubuque, Iowa and Aiden Sponheim, 24, of Minneapolis. They were transported to the Hubbard County Jail and face charges of trespass and felony theft, according to the press release.


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