Christopher Wahmhoff at the protest site. Image courtesy of the Calhoun County Sheriff Department.

A Green Party senatorial candidate from Michigan will face trial for spending 10 hours in a pipeline to protest its construction.

Christopher Wahmhoff, 35, was arrested in July 2013 for spending 10 hours in the 6B portion of the Enbridge pipeline near Marshall, Michigan the day it was being prepared for installation.

He is charged with obstructing police and trespassing.

Prosecutors and Wamhoff’s lawyer were not able to reach a plea agreement, the Battle Creek Enquirer said.

A trial date has not been set.

The protest was part of an effort to stop the construction of the new pipeline.

The Marshall line is close to the site of a 2010 spill that the Environmental Protection Agency estimates released 843,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River.

Toronto-based Enbridge Energy is currently replacing 210 miles of its existing Line 6B crude oil pipeline in Indiana and Michigan.

Enbridge transports 53 percent of U.S.-bound Canadian production and accounts for 15 percent of total U.S. crude oil imports.


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