Officials respond to the scene where a protester is reported to be inside a pipeline at the Enbridge Inc. facility near Marshall, Mich., Monday morning, June 24, 2013. A group of protesters at the site wants Enbridge Inc. to stop construction on a new pipeline. (AP Photo/The [auth] Enquirer, Trace Christenson) NO SALES
FREDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A protester has emerged from an oil pipeline at a southern Michigan construction site, ending a protest that lasted about 10 hours.
The Battle Creek Enquirer (http://bcene.ws/1aIPh2o ) reports that Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Saxton says the man emerged about 5 p.m. Monday. Thirty-five-year-old Chris Wahmhoff was first reported inside the pipe about 6:45 a.m.
The site is near Marshall in Fredonia Township.
Protesters seek to halt Enbridge Inc.’s building of a new line, saying it endangers public health. The Calgary, Alberta-based company’s pipeline ruptured nearby in 2010, spilling 800,000 gallons of oil into a river.
WWMT-TV reports Enbridge released a statement saying its “priority is for the safety of everyone in the area, including the protester.”
The line runs from Sarnia, Ontario, to Griffith, Ind.