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“The Forest Service’s actions in continuing to starve [pod-sitter] out are tantamount to torture and contrary to human rights and international law”

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To quote the Floyd County attorneys: “The Forest Service’s actions in continuing to starve her out are tantamount to torture and contrary to human rights and international law” and “Mr. Timm, you have a duty to protect the health and welfare of a United States [Citizen]. The death or significant injury to the pod-sitter will be on your shoulders should that transpire.”

  • State Sen. Chap Petersen reports:

    Just returned from Jefferson National Forest in beautiful Giles County, VA, where the MVP pipeline is coming through. Wanted to see this for myself. The road into the Forest is closed off by the Park Service, for clearing and construction of the pipeline. There is an informal camp site up on a ridge where the pipeline is intended to cross though. Anyone walking up to the camp site is strictly prohibited from using the public road. Instead, you have to hike in over steep terrain and open streams. It’s an hour walk. You better be in shape. There is a protestor at the camp site (“Nutty”) in a “monopod” which is suspended over the drilling site. She’s been there 30 days. She has rain water to drink but is running out of food. I talked to her briefly today, i.e. by shouting through the trees. (If you go w/in 120 feet, you will be arrested by order of National Forest Service). Her situation is dire. Anyone trying to reach her is arrested. The overall situation is surreal — why are ordinary citizens restricted from accessing a national forest? Why is the forest being converted to a corporate use?

  • Report from “Nutty,” courtesy of Appalachians Against Pipelines:

    Day 30, Still Here

    Somehow, it’s been thirty days. Somehow, I’m seeing the forest surrounding me gradually turn green with the newly opening buds of deciduous trees, watching warblers land on the branches that reach towards me from the road. Every morning I hear the birds’ chorus alongside the roar of the forest service’s and MVP’s ATVs — ATVs but still no work trucks. None of the gravel and earth moving equipment that would surely be here had a monopod not gone up a month ago.

    At the top of this mountain, the patch of windswept forest defended by the remaining tree sit still stands, well over a month past when MVP contractors came to clear the rest of the easement.

    It’s not as easy to keep living here as when food was plentiful and friends didn’t need to shout from 125 feet away, but I’m still very fortunate in that the cops have far from made it intolerable. I still have enough high calorie food to continue, and though I’m considering how to improve the rain catchment system, I still have gallons to go before I need to be concerned. The noise of the generator that powers the lights shining into the woods between me and the support camp overnight is annoying, but possible to sleep through. The cops have giant fancy tents and hot food. I have the strength of knowing that I am doing something tangible in the fight against the forces that I hate, and to protect this mountain I have come to love.

    As I lie here, often with little to do but think, there’s a lot that troubles me far more than a grumbling stomach. It’s construction season. In so many places, MVP is currently waging their campaigns of destruction in the name of profit unimpeded. In other forests just turning green, in beloved streams and fields, through people’s homes and through the habitats of hundreds of species, they are working right now.

    Please, do continue to come visit us! Though police enforcing the rule of the pipeline company have imposed closures around both the sit and the pod, ground supporters at both sites would be happy to talk with you, and you can still shout greetings to us sitters. Come see what’s happening and how we’ve held them off here.

    Most importantly, discuss and plan how to take this fire elsewhere. If it keeps springing up, that means it can’t be put out. This isn’t about me, or about any of the seven people currently living aloft. It’s about stopping this pipeline. So let’s research and plan and build skills and affinity and take more of the kinds of actions that can stop it.

    We’re all in this together,
    Nutty

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  • From the Loudoun County Democratic Committee (LCDC); I hope to see statements like this from many other local Democratic committees in Virginia…

    LCDC Statement on Tree-Sit Pipeline Protests, MVP, and ACP
    Natural gas is neither safe nor clean. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) present unacceptable risks to water quality, unacceptable contribution to climate change in the form of greenhouse gas emissions, unacceptable threats to social justice in communities affected, unacceptable impact to the forests and wildlife in the Commonwealth, unacceptable risks to human health, and unacceptable use of eminent domain.

    To quote Delegate Danica Roem, one of fourteen Virginia legislators who recently held a press conference to condemn construction of the pipelines, “I’m a property rights Democrat and an environmental Democrat, and this is bad for both; We are one Commonwealth…it is our obligation to stand with people in Southwest Virginia. We all represent the Commonwealth of Virginia, we have to be united.”

    Democrats in Loudoun are conscientious stewards of the environment, advocates of rural conservation and defenders of social justice. Many in our membership and leadership are alarmed at the treatment of Theresa “Red” Terry, her daughter Minor and others, who are actively engaged in tree-sit protests on their own property to obstruct tree clearing progress on the MVP and ultimately construction of the pipeline itself. Even more disconcerting, one of the enormous compressor stations on the ACP route is planned for Union Hill, a historic, predominantly African American community that was founded by freed slaves in Buckingham County.

    “Water is life. The construction of these pipelines poses a threat to hundreds of thousands of Virginians who live near proposed constructions sites,” said LCDC Chair Alfonso Nevarez, “The Department of Environmental Quality needs to do a stream-by-stream analysis of all water crossing that would be impacted by these proposed pipelines before further work is authorized. I am confident that Virginia’s Democratic elected officials will make prudent decisions that will protect human and property rights for our brothers and sisters across the Commonwealth.”

    • Sharon Ponton

      Thank you Loudpun Democrats.