The daughter of Albert Arnold "Al" Gore Jr., former vice president of the United States, is due to appear in court on Friday (29 July) after being arrested during a protest of a pipeline under construction in West Roxbury — a neighborhood in the US's Boston, Massachusetts. Karenna Aitcheson Gore was among the 23 other protesters, who were arrested on 29 June.
Activist Tim DeChristopher and four other activists are also expected to appear in Boston Municipal Court on Friday pleading not guilty to charges against them. They are accused of trespassing, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace following the 29 June protest.
According to Boston police, the 42-year-old was a part of demonstrators, who were trying to block the construction by lying down in a dugout at the site of Houston-based company Spectra Energy's West Roxbury Lateral pipeline.
Reportedly, a number of demonstrators struck deals to have their charges diminished to civil infractions from misdemeanour or to serve probation. However, Gore and the others had refused to do so.
Spectra Energy Corp is an S&P 500 company that operates in three important areas of the natural gas industry— transmission and storage, distribution, and gathering and processing. According to the firm, the pipeline will provide a consistent energy source to the province. The five-mile pipeline is part of a larger, approximately $1bn (£0.76bn, € 0.91bn) plan to increase natural gas capacity in New England.
However, Gore, Director of the Center for Earth Ethics at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, and protesters believe that the construction will adversely affect the climate.