Critics bring out pinata, gravestones to protest pipeline projects

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Critics of two natural gas pipeline projects in Virginia used a pinata and cardboard gravestone markers to spread awareness about their environmental and economic concerns.

The Zombie Bash & Benefit to Stop the Pipelines fundraiser was held at Parkway Brewing Company in Salem Tuesday evening.

Red Terry spent more than a month in a tree stand on her property in Roanoke County to protest the project cutting through her family’s property.

Terry told WFXR News that her battle against the 300-mile-long Mountain Valley Pipeline is far from over.

“That’s our water, our land that is being raped and destroyed,” said Terry. “Our government is letting it happen because, I guess, all of a sudden money is everything.”

The founder of Preserve Floyd said the environmental impacts have already been felt as construction on the pipeline from West Virginia to Southside moves forward.

“We’re not stopping the fight,” said Mara Robbins. “For me it has been and continues to be about the water. Water is life. It is the most precious resource we have on this planet. Nobody can live without it.”

This fundraising event will benefit the Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice, which has helped pay legal fees for landowners and water protectors who were arrested or cited.

EQT and Mountain Valley Pipeline released a statement last month that said the overall project cost estimate was being increased to $4.6 billion.

The energy company blamed the increase on extended periods of work stoppage and “extraordinary” rainfall events.

MVP said it plans to have the pipeline completed and in service by the end of 2019.

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