TWO NEW TREE SITS ERECTED IN PATH OF MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE
Early Wednesday morning, two new tree sits were erected in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Montgomery County, VA.
These blockades are protecting trees on the pipeline easement that have not been cleared, and are located within 5 miles of a site where the pipeline is proposed to cross the Roanoke River.
Banners hanging at the tree sits read “WATER PROTECTORS, MOUNTAIN DEFENDERS, WE WON’T BACK DOWN” and “NO PRISONS, NO PIPELINES.”
Lauren, a 24-year-old resident of Montgomery County who grew up in Pulaski County, stated: “I am compelled to fight back against this pipeline because I cannot sit back and ignore what is happening to my home and to the mountains that I have known and loved since I was a child.
I cannot sit back and watch as an extractive industry threatens this region, my family, and my community. The pervasive issues in our society that have allowed this pipeline project to come to fruition in the first place must be put to an end.
We have put our trust in a system that has consistently failed to protect people.”
Nettle, the sitter in the second tree sit, stated: “We must fight for ourselves. No one else will come to our aid in these times.
The cops will arrest us for our actions of self defense. The courts will side with private property and corporate greed, and every politician will continue pretending that the fate of the world on fire is up to bills, filibusters, votes, and campaign donations.”
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