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Karrie Kay Ford, 29, and Nicholas Segal-Wright, 25, face charges after police say they lodged themselves in the Sabal Trail Pipeline in Marion County on Wednesday. (Photos from Marion County Sheriff's Office)

Police Remove Protesters From Inside Sabal Trail Pipeline

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Updated Feb. 23, 10:57 a.m. 

Police have identified the two protestors who wedged themselves in the Sabal Trail Pipeline Wednesday.

Karrie Kay Ford, 29, and Nicholas Segal-Wright, 25, were being held in Marion County Jail as of Thursday morning, said Lauren Lettelier, a spokeswoman for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

After both were removed from the pipeline, they were assessed by paramedics and brought to the Marion County Jail.

Both were charged with three felonies: grand theft between $20,000 and $100,000, trespassing on a posted construction site and criminal mischief.

Ford was also charged with resisting arrest without violence, Lettelier said, because she refused to remove a device on her arm that prohibited deputies from taking her into custody.

This device, commonly used by protestors, was made of cement and locked Segal-Wright and Ford’s hands together, she said.

Ford was being held on a $10,000 bond and Segal-Wright on a $9,000 one. Both remained in the Marion County Jail as of Thursday morning.

Updated Feb. 22, 3:48 p.m.

Authorities have removed both protesters who crawled deep inside the Sabal Trail Pipeline earlier today in Marion County.

The first was removed shortly after 1 p.m., and the second about an hour later, said Lauren Lettelier, a spokeswoman for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Both are being uncooperative in providing their identities, Lettelier said.

She expects them to receive charges but didn’t know what the exact charges will be.

Original report

Two Sabal Trail Pipeline protesters lodged themselves deep inside the pipeline in Marion County earlier today, and authorities have removed one of them.

As of roughly 2 p.m. today, the other still remained inside the pipe’s section near the 12500 block of Southwest Highway 200, said Lauren Lettelier, a spokeswoman for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Marion County Fire Rescue personnel went inside the pipeline and extracted the one protester, and they were still working on getting the other one out this afternoon. Lettelier said she’s not able to yet release the identity of the person extracted and doesn’t know the name of the other.

The protester who was extracted was taken into custody and was being evaluated by paramedics, Lettelier said, adding that charges are expected for both.

WUFT News reporter Virginia Annable contributed to this report.

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One comment

  1. F.D. Stephenson, LCSW, BCD

    Executives of Sabal Trail and others in the fossil fuel industrial complex, including pipeline, fracking, coal and gas companies are careless people.They smash up the environment and its creatures and always retreat back into their money and vast profiteering…. letting other people clean up and pay for the suffering, death and destruction they create. They even arrange to turn loose law enforcement on those who courageously protest this wanton destruction.

    In Florida, some Sabal Trail pipeline supporters are also climate change deniers, who, by asserting that all we have to do is “agree that climate change is a crock”, facilitate more pillage and plunder by this toxic industry. These people are apparently unaware of the severe climate damage caused by the fossil industry. This industry for decades has been aware of , yet disregarded and hid, the devastating consequences of an industrial policy based on coal, oil and gas.

    The executives of Sabal Trail, Exxon-Mobil and all other fossil fuel entities are not stupid, but rather selfishly dedicated to a specific ideology of the maximization of profits and stock prices. Everything else is of insignificant value compared to this.

    They disregard all boundaries, whether sacred or secular, destabilize every hallowed hierarchy, whether of ruler and ruled, man and woman or parent and child, and turn fuel resources into immense profit for themselves.

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