“Conestoga 8” reach plea deal for pipeline protest

The “Conestoga 8” appeared in court Thursday morning, exactly one month after they were arrested during a peaceful protest in Lancaster County.

It happened on January 5 on land, owned by PP&L, along the Conestoga Creek in Conestoga Township.

Eight protesters were arrested for trespassing while they allegedly stopped workers from performing a drill core test study for a proposed pipeline study.

At today’s preliminary hearing, PP&L and Williams offered to drop the charges against the protesters if they agreed to never protest on their land again.

The “Conestoga 8” turned down that deal, but did reach a plea agreement.

They agreed to plead guilty to a summary trespass charge. That includes paying a $100 fine and $153 in court costs, making their total fine amount $253.

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