Protests Emphasize Serious Damages of Large Diameter Pipelines thru Mountains & Streams

by Duane Nichols on June 7, 2018

Long distance pipelines damaging to mountains & streams

Final Pipeline Protesters Removed from Elevated Perches

Article from WV Public Broadcasting, Associated Press, June 2, 2018

The final two protesters who had perched themselves on trees and poles to block construction of a natural gas pipeline through Appalachia have come down.

The Roanoke Times reports one protester was forcibly removed Friday and another came down voluntarily as authorities approached.

Friday’s actions end three months of aerial blockades in Virginia and West Virginia to protest construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Authorities removed 30-year-old Catherine “Fern” McDougal Friday morning from an elevated platform in Giles County where she had been camped out since May 21. She was charged with four misdemeanors in federal court.

A few hours later, a man known only as Deckard came down from a tree stand on Peters Mountain in West Virginia. That stand had been occupied since February 26.

Mountain Valley Watch urges landowners and volunteers to report the start of any and all construction activity on the pipeline route including additional temporary work spaces, access roads and trenching. Report commencement of construction at:

833-MVWATCH or 833-689-2824

Please describe the nature of the work and the type of equipment being used and any possible violations such as missing erosion controls, refueling near waterways, driving through wetlands or operating outside of assigned right of way.

Time stamped photos with location data can be sent to Please do not use the Facebook page for incident reporting as we do not monitor that page for messages throughout the day. Feel free to reply directly with questions.

Construction contractors may be attempting to shield themselves from public scrutiny. Reporting new construction activity will help us respond effectively and keep contractor activity in public view. Thank you!

No arrests made but shots fired at fracking protest in Fayette County, WV

Article from WCHS/WVAH, Charleston, WV, May 13, 2018

Oak Hill, WV — Fayette County deputies said shots were fired during a fracking protest in Oak Hill Saturday.

At about 1 p.m. Saturday shots were fired during a fracking protest in the Lochgelly area near Oak Hill, according to a news release from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department. The caller, Danny Webb, told dispatchers that shots were being fired by the protestors.

While dispatchers were on the phone with the caller, the release said they could hear more shots being fired.

When deputies arrived they said they found about 30 protestors who had gathered to protest the disposal of fracking waste on the property owned by the Danny Webb Construction Company.

Webb told deputies that shots had been fired by the protestors, but the protestors said Webb had fired several shots into the air near them.

The release said deputies could not locate any firearms or shells casings at the scene, but could hear multiple shots being fired in the distance, as if someone was shooting for target practice.

No one was injured and no arrests were made.

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