Enbridge protester uses skateboard to inch his way into pipeline
Caroline MacGregor June 24, 2013 | WGVU "We've been told this individual got into the pipe by lying down on a skateboard and pushing himself along on his stomach."
Jason Manshum, who says emergency crews are trying to persuade the man to come
out before he gets sick from the odor of a special anti- corrosion coating
on the interior of the pipeline.
"It is not toxic but clearly there is an odor and if you are going to be in a confined space such as a 36 diameter steel pipe for hours, that odor could become bothersome and nauseating."
The man got
into the pipeline some time during the night.
The pipe is part of the 6B new replacement section of pipe. Manshum says
it is not in service and has no petroleum or product running through it.
"He's far enough into the line that you cannot see him, even with flashlights shining down into the pipe. However he is in verbal communication going on with first responders."
responders say the man has enough food for a three day stay. He told emergency
crews he may consider emerging from the pipeline this evening if Enbridge agrees
to shuts down their operation.
"Our number one focus and priority is for the safety of he, the first responders, and other workers here on the site. It's paramount that we can get him out of that pipeline
safely and quickly."
been piping in fresh air to help the man breathe. A group of fellow protesters seen
along the roadside near the pipe say the 35 year old man is celebrating his
In 2010, a ruptured Enbridge pipeline spilled
thousands of gallons of oil near Marshall, causing widespread pollution to the
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