Five people were arrested for immobilizing pipeline machinery using lockdown devices. Meanwhile, other folks linked arms across a construction site access road. And dozens of supporters including the theatre troupe Bread and Puppet unleashed a spirited display of resistance to climate change.
Participants say they need to take direct action to stop the pipeline because state regulators and Governor Shumlin have refused to cancel permits, despite a groundswell of opposition to the project over the past three years.
The work disruption comes in the beginning stages of the 2016 construction season. Vermont Gas hopes to finish construction in the fall, and has stated the significant delays in construction and easement acquisition could threaten the viability of the project.  Hinesburg residents have successfully stalled the company's attempt to use eminent domain to seize town land, which could delay a part of the project into late summer. 
Chris Schroth, of Burlington, took the day off work as a carpenter to obstruct pipeline construction. "We can't sit by and let the state and corporations make decisions that are unaccountable to our communities and to future generations," he said.
"We can't afford another 50 years of relying on extreme energy on endless economic growth at the cost of human and planetary health. But the people in charge aren't going to budge unless we get in their way and take matters into our own hands through direct action. And we are seeing people across the continent and across the world coming to this same conclusion," he said.
Many participants in the action have been involved in efforts since late 2012 to stop the pipeline, through participation in the Public Service Board permitting process, weighing at public hearings, and organizing and talking with their friends and neighbors about the project.
Monkton landowner Jane Palmer, who has been fighting VGS and the state over this pipeline since 2012, joined the action in Williston. "Just because Vermont's mockery of a regulatory process approved this pipeline doesn't mean it is right or that it has to be built," she said, referring to the highly criticized role of the Public Service Board and the Department of Public Service in utility regulation cases. "I'm dedicated-and we are all dedicated-to fighting this project until the very end."
Check out photos from today, and some good news coverage from WPTZ. It's clear that VT Gas has abandoned their catchphrase "on time and on budget" as the project gets increasingly "complex."
The five activists who were arrested for taking climate justice into their own hands are now facing the costs of the legal process. If we all chip in to alleviate this financial burden, our movement can continue to grow with a strong culture of support. Please give whatever you can to the five blockaders by contributing to the legal fund.
We're already turning up the heat on VT Gas and the fossil fuel industry. Look out for the biggest season of action so far in this campaign as we continue to jeopardize this unjust and inviable project.