Tue January 14, 2014
Charges against anti-pipeline protester dropped
Kalamazoo activist Christopher Wahmhoff faces one less hurdle in his campaign for U.S. Senate. He no longer faces charges related to his protest against a new oil pipeline last year. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that a Calhoun County circuit judge has dismissed charges of trespassing and resisting police.
Wahmhoff was arrested in the summer of 2013 after sitting inside a section of new pipe in Calhoun County's Fredonia Township. Wahmhoff said he was protesting against the project by Enbridge Energy to replace its 6B pipeline that ruptured in July 2010, spilling nearly a million gallons of sticky "tar sands" crude oil into the Kalamazoo River.
Wahmhoff announced recently that he will challenge Congressman Gary Peters for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Michigan. Peters and former Republican Michigan secretary of state Terri Lynn Land launched their campaigns to fill the seat being vacated by long-time Democrat Carl Levin last year.