Mountain Valley Pipeline Fighter Locks Themself to Excavator in Summers County

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Today a lock down shut down construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline for upwards of 8 hours. Help donate to the bail and legal fund here.

Summers County, WV — At 6 A.M. Wednesday morning, a pipeline fighter locked themself to a piece of equipment at a Mountain Valley Pipeline site, preventing construction. The anonymous protester climbed atop an excavator and locked themself to it. Banners at the site read “NO PIPELINES, NO EXTRACTION, NO COMPROMISE” and “MOUNTAIN DEFENDERS, WATER PROTECTORS, STAND WITH US.”

The person on the excavator stated: “11 years. It’s said that’s how much time we have left to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change. The question is, what are we going to do to ensure a livable and healthy planet for all those that will come after us? I am taking this action today to stop construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which is cutting through and destroying the beautiful mountains, forests, and waterways of Appalachia.”

Pipeline Fighter Locks to Excavator in Summers County WV, Stops MVP Work

[Edit 4:15 pm ET] Update — After stopping pipeline work for 7+ hours, this brave person was arrested. Their bail is set at $6,000. Help us get them out & support future actions! bit.ly/supportmvpresistanceWe are STILL HERE in Summers County, stopping work at a Mountain Valley Pipeline site for over 6 hours and counting! The person on the excavator stated: “11 years. It’s said that’s how much time we have left to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change. The question is, what are we going to do to ensure a livable and healthy planet for all those that will come after us? I am taking this action today to stop construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which is cutting through and destroying the beautiful mountains, forests, and waterways of Appalachia.” Law enforcement is on scene, stay tuned for updates. And donate to show your support: bit.ly/supportmvpresistance#nomvp #nopipelines #resist #stillhere

Appalachians Against Pipelines 发布于 2019年6月26日周三

Madi Persinger, a young Summers County resident, stated: “Having the pipeline so close to where we live is one of the scariest prospects we face in our holler. Most of us have well water, so the danger of unclean water is always present. I fully support direct actions like the one happening today that physically halt construction of this dangerous project.”

The Mountain Valley Pipeline is a 303-mile, 42-inch diameter fracked gas pipeline that runs from northern West Virginia to southern Virginia. Earlier this month, a 70-mile extension into North Carolina (which was proposed in 2018) was denied its Section 401 Water Quality Certification by the NC Department of Environmental Quality. The Mountain Valley Pipeline endangers water, ecosystems, and communities along its route, contributes to climate change, increases demand for natural gas (and therefore fracking), and is entrenched in corrupt political processes.

Resistance to the pipeline has only grown since its proposal in 2014. Grassroots-led pipeline monitoring and a nonviolent direct action campaign are ongoing. On June 17, 2019, builders admitted that the project’s budget has ballooned to $5 billion and that completion has been delayed by at least 1.5 years.

Jammie Hale 发布于 2019年6月26日周三

Today’s action site is is adjacent to Blackberry Botanicals forest farm. This farm uses sustainable and restorative techniques to cultivate traditional herbs. In September 2018, MVP dropped proprietary erosion control pellets on the property from a helicopter, jeopardizing the business’ organic certification.

Today is also the 295th day of a tree sit blockade in the path of the MVP near Elliston, VA. Two tree sits — in which pipeline fighters live in uncut trees on the easement — have been protecting some of the last remaining trees on the pipeline’s route since September 5, 2018. In December 2018, MVP requested an injunction against these tree sitters and their supporters, but the federal judge in that case has yet to rule.

The project is in a state of uncertainty. MVP currently lacks permission to cross many water bodies and has been forced to explore alternate approaches in crossing through the Jefferson National Forest. The coming months will show whether construction is able to move forward in those areas, and whether investors continue to believe in the pipeline’s ever-distant goal of completion.


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