MVP Protesters Arrested After Locking to Drilling Equipment

by Duane Nichols on June 7, 2018

Pipelines damage farms, forests, streams, mountains, etc.

Police arrest three Monday in Monroe County, WV

From an Article by Tommy Lopez, WSLS News 10, June 04, 2018

MONROE CO. WV – Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline tried a new tactic Monday: chaining themselves to construction equipment.

West Virginia state police arrested three people who were trying to slow down workers in Lindside, a community in Monroe County, West Virginia. They delayed construction for a few hours on US Route 219.

Police cut them out around 10 a.m., about two hours after they received a call. Police said Maxwell Shaw, 24, Evin Ugur, 21, and Sydney White, 18, are all from Massachusetts and are out on bond.

Court documents showed they’re each facing three misdemeanors, one each for trespassing, obstructing and resisting arrest. That could mean up to two and a half years in jail.

Witnesses say about 25 other pipeline opponents came out to watch. One of them was Jammie Hale, who lives in Giles County.

“Very humbling. You see somebody willing to put their life and limb in jeopardy to save my farm, my land, my community. Oh yeah, it’s very humbling,” he said.

He described a tense atmosphere. Witnesses said police threatened to use tasers, pepper spray and batons. “There’s people going every which way and then police, law enforcement pulling in and you don’t know what to expect or exactly what’s going to happen,” he said.

He’s encouraged by the efforts. “Nowadays people are scared to stand up and take a stand and to see especially some young people,” he said.

This comes just three days after the last sitter in Virginia came down from a spot blocking construction in Giles County. “I hope a lot of people get involved and say ‘I’m going to stick up for my neighbor, for their rights, for our constitutional rights,’” Hale said.

As of Monday night, there are no reports of any protesters blocking MVP construction workers. At least 10 people have placed themselves in the pipeline’s path against the company’s request.

Construction continues on the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which is projected to run from West Virginia into North Carolina, crossing through Giles, Montgomery, Roanoke, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties in Virginia.

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Autumn Crowe June 15, 2018 at 12:05 pm

To: Those Concerned for our Streams, Mountains, Forests, Farms, & People

Mountain Valley Pipeline received another Notice of Violation from WVDEP Inspectors, see attached. This violation was given following an inspection that occurred on June 6, 2018 along the route in Nicholas County.

The inspector cited them for failing to modify their Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan when it proved to be ineffective, failing to properly install their water bars, and failing to prevent sediment laden water from leaving the site without going through the appropriate devices.

This brings their total number of violations in WV to 3.

Autumn Crowe
Program Director
West Virginia Rivers Coalition


Violation No W18-52-002-CP
To the Operator or Agent of:
Facility Name: Mountain Valley Pipeline Project
Permit No. WVR310667
Permittee or Individual: MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE, LLC

Located at or near: Leivasy in Nicholas County
Representative: MATTHEW HOOVER
Date: 5/9/2018 Time: 1545
Address / phone number: 625 LIBERTY AVE, ST 1700, PITTSBURG, PA 15222

Whereas, an inspection of the above named operation by the undersigned, duly authorized agent of the Secretary, at which the following described condition or practice exists, in violation of Chapter 22, Article 11, Section(s) 1 et. Seq. of the Code of West Virginia and/or Section(s) of the Rules and Regulations and/or Section(s) G of the Permit referenced above promulgated thereunder in that you:
Have violated the following terms and conditions of WV/NPDES General Water Pollution Control Permit No. WV0116815, Registration No. WVR310667:

Section G.4.c. – Permittee has failed to modify your SWPPP when the SWPPP proves to be ineffective in achieving the general objectives of controlling pollutants in storm water discharges- additional controls were not added to areas where installed controls failed.

Section G.4.e.2. – Permittee has failed to implement controls: water bars/slope breakers were improperly installed- did not have outlets, outlet was directed down denuded slope, slope of water bar was inappropriate, and inadequate number of bars were installed.

Section G.4.e.2.A.ii.j – Permittee has failed to prevent sediment-laden water from leaving the site without going through an appropriate device from control failure at stations 6812+58 (sheet 6.38) and 6854+00 (sheet 6.39).

The following corrective measures were discussed with you at the time of this inspection: Take measures to correct the aforementioned violations.

Within 20 days provide a written response to the inspector named below, at the address indicated, detailing the actions taken to abate this violation.


WDTV News 5 June 22, 2018 at 10:41 pm

Two (2) more violation notices issued to Mountain Valley Pipeline

From an Article of WDTV, News 5, Elkins, WV, June 19, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia regulators have issued two additional violation notices to the Mountain Valley Pipeline project.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the two additional violation notices to the pipeline project are for water pollution violations in Nicholas and Harrison counties. In all, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has cited the pipeline project four times for breaking water pollution rules.

The most recent notice was issued June 6 for failing to comply with the project’s stormwater permit and general permit.

A violation notice that was issued May 9 was for failing to implement controls, failing to keep sediment-laden water from leaving the site and failing to modify the project’s water pollution prevention plan for construction in Nicholas County.

Mountain Valley Pipeline spokeswoman Natalie Cox says crews were fixing the problems.



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