Around 6 a.m., three protesters - from West Roxbury, Roslindale and Cambridge - had themselves locked to each of the gates at Spectra Energy's natural-gas transfer station at Grove and Centre streets.
By 7:20 a.m., after the Boston Fire Department declared a "tech rescue" and brought in a couple dozen firefighters and commanders armed with bolt cutters and saws and EMTs arrived just in case, the three were all unlocked and put in the back of police wagons for the trip down to E-5 for booking.
They were the latest to be arrested in protest against Spectra's high-pressure West Roxbury Lateral pipeline, which will pump gas into National Grid's lower-pressure network via the "metering and regulating" station at Grove and Centre. Opponents say the pipe doesn't belong in a densely populated neighborhood.
Cambridge protester, 78, locked in at one gate:
Firefighter makes room to bring in the portable saw:
Macdonald being led to prisoner wagon:
Once Macdonald was freed, firefighters turned their attention to Tim Clancy of West Roxbury:
Clancy was led to the prisoner wagon by a K-9 officer - who left his dog in his cruiser:
Part of the pipe complex at the plant: