Citations issued to 64 people protesting Vermont Gas pipeline expansion at governor's office

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MONTPELIER, Vermont — State police say they've issued citations to 64 people who converged on the governor's office to protest the expansion of a natural gas pipeline and refused to leave.

The protesters began arriving at the governor's office late Monday afternoon. Authorities told them they'd have to leave by 6:30 p.m. or they would be considered trespassers. A half-hour later, law enforcement officers began escorting protesters from the building, where they were arrested and issued citations.

Gov. Peter Shumlin wasn't at the building. He issued a statement Monday night saying he appreciated the protesters' decision to "act respectfully." He says he believes that while climate change is a challenge facing the country, the Vermont Gas pipeline will "hasten our state's transition away from dirtier fuel oil and help our economy."

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