Pipeline security team removes Montgomery County protester barricade

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UPDATE 9:22 a.m.: Tuesday morning proved to be a much different sight than Monday, as a team of Mountain Valley Pipeline security cleared the way to have the Yellow Finch Tree Sitters removed.

A court order gave the protestors until Monday to come down.

“Good luck with that,” said Jammie Hale, an MVP protestor from Giles County. “You know, they may take those tree sitters down, but there’s 303 miles of pipeline. We’re not going away.”

Hale was at Tuesday’s protest along Lee Highway, which was similar to Monday.

A spokesperson from the Mountain Valley Pipeline says:

“While we respect the opinions of those who are opposed to MVP, and to natural gas pipelines in general, the actions taken by a few opponents have created unnecessary safety risks for everyone involved, including law enforcement, security personnel, project workers, and opponents themselves.”

Natalie Cox, MVP Spokesperson

Hale says the tree sitters are heroes in his book.

“This (the pipeline) is not going to benefit the community, here, none.” Hale said. “Maybe some overseas corporation will benefit from the gas that they’re going to haul through this pipe, but no one in Montgomery County or Giles County will benefit from this.”

For now, it seems to still be a waiting game, and the Yellow Finch Tree sitters can chalk up another day in the trees.

A spokesperson for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says they doubt MVP will get involved in the extraction process of the tree sitters, that they’ll just stick with clearing the way.

As of now, MCSO is working with the local court system to generate a new timeline to bring the tree sitters down from where they’ve been for over 800 days.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Tuesday morning, a team of Mountain Valley Pipeline security personnel began removing a barricade blocking pipeline expansion along Yellow Finch Lane in Montgomery County.

This comes the day after the deadline for the Yellow Finch Tree Sitters, the group behind the barricade, to vacate the area.

The tree sitters have been in the tree, blocking MVP’s expansion, for over 800 days.

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