Tree Sitters Attracting Comments, Oppose ACP & MVP Pipelines

by Duane Nichols on April 20, 2018

Tree sitters exposed to bad weather & security guards

Lawmakers call out treatment of pipeline protester in trees

From an Article by Sarah Rankin, Associated Press, April 18, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman who has spent weeks camped in trees protesting a natural gas pipeline that would cross her property is being treated inhumanely by authorities, who have cut off her deliveries of food and water, Democratic lawmakers said Wednesday.

Around a dozen Democratic members of the Virginia House and Senate held a news conference in Richmond to protest authorities’ response to the 61-year-old Mountain Valley Pipeline protester. They also raised a host of other concerns about that multistate project as well as the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and called on Gov. Ralph Northam to impose further regulatory conditions on both.

“The pipelines, quite frankly, have been called into question the last couple years: whether we need them, whether environmentally they make sense, whether or not the fossil fuels that they will transport are really necessary for today’s economy. … People now are getting smart,” said Sen. Chap Petersen.

Developers and other supporters of both projects say they can be built in a way that’s protective of the environment and pledge they will help lower energy costs and boost the economy.

The approximately 300-mile (480-kilometer) Mountain Valley Pipeline would start in West Virginia and run through southwest Virginia before connecting with a compressor station for another interstate pipeline in Pittsylvania County. Pittsburgh-based EQT Midstream Partners, which owns a significant interest in the joint venture with other energy companies, recently announced plans to extend the line with a new branch stretching into North Carolina.

The pipeline would cross the Roanoke County property of the protester, who has identified herself in interviews with local news outlets only as “Red.” Red climbed into a tree stand in protest April 1, said one of her neighbors, Genesis Chapman. Her daughter has also posted up in another tree, he said.

The county said in a statement Friday that police had advised the “individuals sitting in two trees” that they were in the right of way granted to the pipeline company through a court order.

“They will no longer be allowed to receive supplies from supporters. Anything the individuals need will be available to them when they come down from the trees,” it said.

Sen. John Edwards, whose district includes the city of Roanoke and several surrounding counties, said Virginia prison inmates are treated better than Red. “She hasn’t been convicted of anything, and she’s being treated in an inhumane fashion. I think it’s outrageous,” said Edwards.

Pipeline opponents filled the small room where the news conference was held, in which a Capitol police officer was stationed. Many of them held signs that said, “Stand with Red.”

Natalie Cox, a spokeswoman for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, said in an email that the company respects opponents’ right to peacefully and lawfully protest but that work for the project has been authorized by state and federal regulators. “We recognize there may be individuals who will always oppose the safe construction of Mountain Valley Pipeline, regardless of the significant effort made by public officials and regulatory agencies to review the project, and the hundreds of route adjustments and modifications made during the past three years to address concerns of landowners and community members,” she wrote.

Aaron Ruby, a spokesman for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, said in a statement ahead of the news conference that the pipeline opponents’ tactics will hurt the economy and waste taxpayer dollars, all without enhancing environmental protection.


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David Kuebrich April 26, 2018 at 12:54 am

Letter to Editor, Washington Post, April 25, 2018

Regarding the April 22 front-page article “Their high ground is up a tree,” which reported on the desperate effort of 61-year-old tree-sitter Theresa “Red” Terry and her adult daughter to halt construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline:

State Sen. Charles W. Carrico Sr. (R-Grayson County) asserted as if established fact the dated and dangerous idea that natural gas is cleaner than coal and, therefore, a desirable bridge fuel until renewable energies can be developed. He’s wrong.

A 2017 report by Physicians for Social Responsibility, “Too Dirty, Too Dangerous,” cited studies that report that cumulative methane releases during the life cycle of natural gas — which includes extraction, transmission and combustion — make it dirtier than coal, because methane is a much more powerful greenhouse gas, fully 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide in its first 20 years.

If the multibillion-dollar Mountain Valley Pipeline is built, and billions more are spent to construct or convert power plants to the use of natural gas, Virginia will be locked into higher greenhouse-gas emissions for decades. For the sake of future generations, this can’t be allowed to happen.

David Kuebrich, Fairfax, Virginia


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