MARSHALL, Mich. (WOOD) - A man who spent his 35th birthday protesting a new Enbridge pipeline near Marshall is now facing charges.
On Monday around 7 a.m., Chris Wahmoff climbed several feet into the 36-inch pipeline, which is under construction in the area of I-69 and Division Drive. The pipeline is part of Enbridge's 6B pipeline replacement effort, which Wahmoff was protesting.
Even though Wahmoff wasn't stuck in the pipe, Calhoun County sheriff's deputies and emergency responders were at the scene, piping in fresh air for him to breathe and monitoring the situation.
Wahmoff got out of the pipe at 5 p.m. after spending 10 hours inside it. Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Saxton said Wahmoff was calm and seemed to be healthy, but he was taken via ambulance to a hospital to get evaluated.
After he was checked out, Wahmoff was booked into the Calhoun County Jail on Monday evening. On Tuesday, Wahmoff was arraigned on charges on resisting/obstructing a police officer and trespassing charges.
The resisting/obstructing charge is a felony offense that could put Wahmoff behind bars for up to two years if he is found guilty.
While the sheriff's office used a camera to check the inside of the pipe after Wahmoff got out, Enbridge employees will also be checking to make sure it wasn't damaged.
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