Karenna Gore, Daughter of Al Gore, Among 23 Arrested in Pipeline Protest

By Jim Liao
Jim Liao
Jim Liao
July 1, 2016 Updated: July 1, 2016

Former Vice President Al Gore’s daughter was among 23 people arrested during a organized protest in Boston on Wednesday, June 29th.

The demonstrators were protesting against the construction of a natural gas pipeline by the Texas-based company Spectra Energy. To protest, Karenna Gore was among many others who lodged themselves in a trench dug for the pipeline and refused to move until firefighters removed them, said protest group Resist the Pipeline & Stop the West Roxbury Lateral.

The group is a local group that opposes the pipeline due to safety and environmental concerns.

According to protest organizers, Gore and others facing resisting arrest charges will be arraigned Friday, while other protesters facing trespassing and disturbing the peace charges were arraigned Thursday.

Why the Protest

The West Roxbury Lateral high-pressure gas pipeline was designed to send gas through a defensively settled residential neighborhood and from Westwood through Dedham into Boston, according to the committee Stop the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline.

The group cites gas explosion, contaminants in the fracked gas, and likely property restrictions imposed by Spectra Energy on residents as reasons for the opposition.

Resist the Pipeline further notes that Massachusetts does not need gas infrastructure, the negative consequences of methane on climate change, and that segments of Spectra’s work are being done without permission from the city.

In an email to The Associated Press correspondents, Karenna Gore wrote that the protest made the case that “there are higher moral principles at stake here that merit nonviolent civil disobedience.”

“The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should be helping us transition to renewable energy like solar and wind but instead they almost always defer to the fossil fuel industry,” she adds.

Jim Liao