Karenna Gore appears in court over pipeline protest

Karenna Gore, daughter of Al Gore, and co-defendants, including Nora Collins, right, arrive at West Roxbury District court for a pre-trial hearing after her arrest for protesting pipeline construction. (Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe)
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Karenna Gore, daughter of Al Gore, and co-defendants arrived at West Roxbury District court for a pre-trial hearing after her arrest for protesting pipeline construction.

A group of six activists, including the daughter of former vice president Al Gore, appeared in court Friday for a hearing after their arrests last month during a protest of a Boston natural gas pipeline.

Karenna Gore and the other protesters who appeared in West Roxbury Municipal Court face misdemeanor charges of trespassing, resisting arrest, and disturbing the peace during the June 29 protest.

They were among a group of 23 protesters arrested for trying to block construction of Spectra Energy’s West Roxbury Lateral pipeline by lying in a trench and refusing to move.


Some protesters have struck deals to have their charges reduced to civil infractions or to serve probation. Gore previously said she would decline to pursue a deal.

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Gore’s appearance in court Friday was “purely administrative in nature,” according to Renee Algarin, spokeswoman for the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office.

Algarin said all six protesters are expected to return to court for a pretrial hearing on Sept. 6.

Another group of protesters will appear in court on Aug. 15, Algarin said.

In an opinion article last week published by the Globe, Gore said she was protesting because she is convinced that projects like the pipeline are hurting the environment.


“In order to avoid the worst effects of climate change, including flooding of coastal cities like Boston, we must accelerate the transition of our energy economy away from fossil fuels like natural gas, toward renewables like solar and wind,” Gore wrote.

Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his efforts to spread knowledge about climate change.

Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp. says the pipeline will provide a reliable energy source to the region. The 5-mile pipeline is part of a larger, roughly $1 billion plan to expand natural gas capacity in New England.

In a statement last month after the protests, a company spokesman said that many would benefit from such a project.

“Our pipelines provide a vital source of reliable, affordable energy for the nation’s homes, hospitals, businesses and schools,” the statement said. “Low energy prices help everyone, particularly those least able to pay their bills — the ones making the tougher decisions about energy, food, and clothing for their families.”

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