Karenna Gore isn't backing down from Boston's fracking pipeline protests. Al Gore's daughter, who was arrested after blocking pipeline construction during a protest last month, has rejected a plea deal on trespassing charges that would have required her to stay away from the natural gas pipeline site in the West Roxbury neighborhood, the Boston Herald reports. She has vowed to continue protesting. "All of the elected officials in this community are against it, the only reason this pipeline is going in is because of the power of a corporation and the sway they have over the regulatory process," she said after a Friday court appearance. "They've tried everything, and it's going in anyway, despite what elected officials want, so it's important for people to stand together in this way to call attention to it."
Five other activists also refused plea deals. In a Boston Globe opinion piece last week on the Spectra Energy project, Gore called for the stepping up of efforts to stop using fossil fuels and warned of the dangers of running a pipeline through a residential neighborhood that's already close to an open-pit quarry. "Forcing local residents to live with a gas pipeline running underground right next to a place where rocks are regularly blown up with dynamite illustrates the perversity of the power at work here," she wrote. People reports that Al Gore hasn't commented publicly on his daughter's arrest yet, though he tweeted a link to the Globe article last week and called it "an important and inspiring piece." (Read more Boston stories.)