Many gather to protest the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline

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Dozens gathered to protest the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline because they say their complaints have not been heard and want state water officials to step in.

It’s a cry we’ve heard for months and these land owners say their message is falling on deaf ears. 

“My experience has been, you know reports are not acknowledged they don’t say how they are acting on it, if they have even received it,” said Mary Beth Coffey, land owner affected by the Mountain Valley Pipeline. 

Mary Beth has lived on her property for nearly 35 years and says Mountain Valley Pipeline crews have cut down trees on her property. 

“The pipeline is slated to come right through the middle of it. Right through our driveway, close to a creek, into our wetlands, it doesn’t seem to matter,” said Mary Beth Coffey, land owner affected by the Mountain Valley Pipeline. 

Many are asking the State Water Control Board to meet and address the more than 11,000 water complaints supposedly sparked by construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. 

“The mud is coming into the streams right now, water is being messed up and we haven’t even started building a trench yet,” said Bob Peckman, a concerned resident.

Delegate Sam Rasoul who has been very outspoken against the pipeline was there to show his support. 

“It is clear there is already  damage being done and we need to consider that damage before it’s gone too far, the impacts to all of our drinking water,” said Delegate Sam Rasoul. 

The group against the construction of the pipeline says they are growing stronger, now that the construction has started and they won’t be stopping any time soon. 

DEQ officials tell us quote “We are striving to investigate all citizen complaints that have come in…. Where there are violations we will take proper enforcement actions.”

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