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4 men chain themselves to tractor, block equipment in protest of Cricket Valley Energy Center

Four men chained themselves to a tractor and blocked the transport of equipment from New Milford to New York early Wednesday morning.  It was a protest of the under construction Cricket Valley Energy Center.

Three farmers and an educator were arrested by Connecticut State Police for blocking the escort of a transformer to the power plant in Dover Plains.  The escort, moving turbines from Kimberly Clark along Route 55, came across a tractor perpendicular in the middle of the road. 

38-year old David Epstein of Albany, 38-year old Philip Erner of Wassaic, 52-year old Christopher Iversen of Kingston and 41-year old Benjamin Franklin Schwartz of Wassaic refused a request to unchain themselves and move the tractor. 

(Photos: CSP Iversen, Schwartz, Erner, Epstein)

Gaylordsville Fire Department responded to cut the chains. 

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Todd Schnitt

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