Pipeline protester convicted

A Dubuque, Iowa resident was found guilty after a two-day trial related to offenses on June 15 related to his opposition to Enbridge Line 3.

Brock Hefel Contributed / Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, July 29, 2021

Brock Hefel, 25, of Dubuque, Iowa, was found guilty in Hubbard County District Court of charges related to his opposition to the Line 3 pipeline replacement project.

According to a press release from the Hubbard County Attorney’s Office, Hefel was charged with one count each of unlawful assembly and obstructing a public right of way, based on incidents that occurred on June 15.

Assistant County Attorney Anna Emmerling prosecuted the case. After a two-day trial, the jury found Hefel guilty of both charges and he was taken into custody to await sentencing, the release states.

According to the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, Hefel was also arrested on July 27 in Hubbard County after he and another man locked themselves in a “sleeping dragon” device and crawled more than 1,500 feet inside a section of pipe at a Line 3 work site in Straight River Township.

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