Al Gore’s daughter due in Boston court after June pipeline protest

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The daughter of former Vice President Al Gore is expected to appear in Boston Municipal Court today stemming from charges last month when she and two dozen other activists trespassed to protest a natural gas pipeline that its engineer says will provide reliable energy to the region.

While several of the 23 protesters struck deals to reduce the charges, Karenna Gore and five others have plead not guilty to charges of trespassing, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace.

According to the Associated Press, Gore and company lay in a trench and refused to move in protest of Spectra Energy’s West Roxbury Lateral pipeline.

“Our pipelines provide a vital source of reliable, affordable energy for the nation’s homes, hospitals, businesses and schools,” Spectra Energy spokesman Creighton Welch said.

“It’s our obligation to safely and securely operate these facilities, and we can neither tolerate nor allow trespassing, which violates the law and places at risk the safety of our neighbors, our employees, our facilities and the public.”