Protesters at New York gas storage plant arrested while reading encyclical

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September 30, 2015

A line of protesters Aug. 18 blocks the main gate at the Crestwood Midstream Partners gas storage facility on the shores of Seneca Lake in Reading, N.Y., near Watkins Glen, N.Y. Eighteen people were arrested while reading Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si'." (CNS photo/Dennis Sadowski) See ENCYCLICAL-SENECA-LAKE Sept. 30, 2015.

A line of protesters Aug. 18 blocks the main gate at the Crestwood Midstream Partners gas storage facility on the shores of Seneca Lake in Reading, N.Y., near Watkins Glen, N.Y. Eighteen people were arrested while reading Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’.” (CNS photo/Dennis Sadowski)

READING, N.Y. (CNS) — Accompanied by oversized replica of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’,” former Catholic seminarian Paul Flansburg took his place on the line with 18 others in a human blockade.

Their goal Aug. 18 was to stop business as usual at a natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas storage facility operated by Houston-based Crestwood Midstream Partners along the southwest shore of Seneca Lake in New York’s picturesque Finger Lakes region.

And they did for 25 minutes.

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