Climate activists arrested after protest on tarmac at Hanscom Airport in Bedford – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BEDFORD, MASS. (WHDH) – A group of climate activists were arrested Saturday at Hanscom Airport in Bedford after some of them breached a security perimeter and onto the tarmac, according to state police.

The group Extinction Rebellion Boston took credit for the protest, which led to 20 people being arrested for trespassing, disorderly conduct and other charges, a state police spokesman said. The activists say they were protesting a proposed expansion that would add dozens of private jets to the airport.

“This expansion will increase emissions at Hanscom airport by 300 percent,” said Jamie McGonagill of Extinction Rebellion Boston. “It will effectively wipe out 70 percent of all solar energy in the state of Massachusetts.”

MassPort officials say the airport was briefly closed while the protest was underway, but has since reopened.

In a statement, Governor Maura Healey’s administration said: “The proposed Hanscom Airport Expansion project is currently undergoing an environmental assessment. Our administration will closely review the findings.”

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