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RCMP arrest three ‘grandmothers’ at Alton Gas protest site – MRO

FORT ELLIS, N.S. – Three women described as “grassroots grandmothers” were arrested Wednesday at a rural construction site north of Halifax, where an Indigenous protest camp has long held up a company’s contentious plan to build a natural gas storage facility.

The blockade was started more than two years ago to stop Alton Gas from using water from the nearby Shubenacadie River to create large, underground storage caverns. Protesters fear the 73-kilometre tidal river, which cuts through the middle of Nova Scotia, may be polluted.

It was unclear what happened when RCMP moved in Wednesday to enforce a court-ordered injunction, however police said the arrested women were later released.

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