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BP Protesters, Charged With Trespassing, Offered Deal

Nearly three dozen protesters who were arrested last spring in Northwest Indiana had their day in court Friday. Last May, hundreds of protesters descended on tiny Whiting -- the home of a BP refinery -- to draw attention to the use of fossil fuels. Of the protesters, 35 were arrested and charged with trespassing. On Friday in Hammond, each took a deal in which the charge will be dropped if they avoid arrest in the next six months. Following the hearing, about 100 protesters marched to the local office of Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, urging him to vote against President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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