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Cuffed for a Pipeline: The New Blitz by Keystone-Savvy Activists

  • Environmental activists prepared to risk arrest to block lines
  • Gas companies dismayed over `intentional criminal acts'
The Enbridge Inc. Athabasca Pipeline Twinning project stands while under construction in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada, on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Canadian heavy crude reached its strongest level in more than two months on the spot market as a pipeline connection to the U.S. Gulf Coast began filling with crude ahead of its startup next month.
Photographer: Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg
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The battle to build natural gas pipelines in the post-Keystone XL world has moved from the hearing room into the streets.

Developers are squaring off against activists like Nick Katkevich, who’s prepared to risk jail time to block new pipelines. Their actions have forced companies like Spectra Energy Corp. to take counter measures that include training staff and contractors to cope with acts of civil disobedience, arranging undercover security and monitoring opponents’ websites and social media postings for signs of protests.