Polk Co. authorities release names of pipeline protestors

Published: Aug. 29, 2012 at 7:55 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 29, 2012 at 9:18 PM CDT
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LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - The Polk County Sheriff's Office has released the names of seven people charged with criminal trespassing in connection to the pipeline protest on Tuesday.

Four people, Tamur Huford Carson, 55, of Arlington; Christopher David Voss, 38, of Reavna; Raymond Walter Torgerson, 65, of Houston; and Maxwell Mayosmith Mills, 22, of Sonoma, Calif., are charged with a class b misdemeanor. Three others, Audrey Moya Stener, 67, of Austin; Garrett Lee Graham, 24, of Denton, and Denny Guyman Hook, 70, of Gainesville, are charged with a class C misdemeanor.

Tuesday near Livingston, they were arrested on criminal trespassing charges.

Four protesters used locking devices to attach themselves to the bottom of a pipe-carrying truck.

Polk County Sheriff Kenneth Hammock says it took nearly three hours to arrest all seven participants.

David Bodson, a spokesman for the TransCanada Gulf Coast Project, says the project is transporting crude oil from Texas and Oklahoma.

"We have permits, and we're building the pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas," said Bodson.

Bodson says the company hopes to transport Canadian crude oil, as well, in the future. He says the project does not include tar sands, as the protesters claimed yesterday.

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