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BOSTON (AP) — Former Democratic Vice President Al Gore’s daughter and other activists arrested during a natural gas pipeline protest in Boston have returned to court.

Karenna Gore, activist Tim DeChristopher and four others appeared Friday in Municipal Court. They’d previously pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of trespassing and disturbing the peace following the June 29 protest. They were told to return to court Sept. 6.

They were among 23 protesters arrested for trying to block construction of Spectra Energy’s West Roxbury Lateral pipeline by lying in a trench and refusing to move.

Several protesters struck deals to have charges reduced to civil infractions or serve probation. Gore and the others declined.

Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp. says the pipeline will provide a reliable energy source for the region.

DeChristopher a few years ago tried to stop drilling operations in Utah.