Snowbowl pipeline tree-sitter ends protest

FLAGSTAFF, AZ - A man who perched in a tall pine tree to protest the construction of a pipeline to bring reclaimed water from Flagstaff to the Arizona Snowbowl has ended his protest after lightning moved into the area.

James Kennedy says he made an emergency descent from the tree early Thursday as lightning was striking all around him. Flagstaff police planned to arrest 26-year-old but Kennedy says no officers were around when he came down.

Protesters are opposed to the pipeline because the Snowbowl ski resort plans to use the water for snowmaking. They say that the reclaimed water from Flagstaff's sewage treatment plant may contain antibiotic resistant genes.

Kennedy's tree stand on the Lowell Observatory grounds has been dismantled and he'll have to come up with another protest method.

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