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W.Va. judge denies injunction to remove pipeline protesters from trees

Tuesday March 20, 2018

UNION, W.Va. — An attempt to flush pipeline protesters from their stands in trees atop Peters Mountain fell short Tuesday. Monroe County Circuit Judge Robert Irons denied a preliminary injunction requested by Mountain Valley Pipeline, which sought the court’s intervention to remove what has become a troublesome obstacle to its plans to build a natural gas pipeline through West Virginia and Southwest Virginia.

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Bent Mountain dig raises new concerns from pipeline opponents

Monday March 19, 2019

ROANOKE CO., Va. (WDBJ7) A crew working for the Mountain Valley Pipeline is now conducting an archaeological dig on Bent Mountain. The work has raised fresh concerns from landowners in the area who object to the operation and want to know more about what’s happening there.

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Prayer and Preparation: Monitoring The MVP

Monday March 19, 2018

The small town of Newport, Virginia is bracing itself for what’s about to happen there; the recently approved, Mountain Valley Pipeline will cross through the heart of the village, carrying natural gas from the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania through Virginia.

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New citizen monitoring group to watch for violations during pipeline construction

Monday March 19, 2018

NEWPORT — Doug Martin told a crowd of more than 100 people about his daily walks through Newport, the village where his family has lived for eight generations. The local historian walks by businesses, homes, covered bridges and historic buildings. But soon, he’s worried, it’s all going to change.

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The imminent pipeline danger to the Greater Newport Historic District

Sunday March 18, 2018

By Karolyn W. Givens; a member of Preserve Newport Historic Properties and a Radford University professor emeritus.

As a citizen of Southwest Virginia, as a member of Preserve Newport Historic Properties, and as the owner of the historic Leffel Farm located in the Greater Newport Rural Historic District, I strongly believe the voices of the citizens of our region have not been heard.

Mountain Valley Pipeline protesters continue tree-top vigil in W.Va.

Friday March 16, 2018

LINDSIDE, W.Va. — Foes of the planned Mountain Valley gas pipeline proclaimed their cause righteous and their resolve intact on the 17th day of a protest from a tree Thursday.

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‘Somebody’s Up There Sittin’ in a Tree’ – A Look at the Ongoing Pipeline Protest on Peters Mountain

Friday March 16, 2018

Since late February, a small group of people have been quietly perched in two trees atop Peters Mountain in Monroe County. They are so remote, few have seen or heard directly from the protesters, but still there’s plenty of people noticing.

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Tree sitters continue pipeline protest on Peters Mountain

Friday March 16, 2018

MONROE CO., W. Va. With a sharp eye, or better yet a long lens, you can see the tree sitters from the road below Peters Mountain, but to get up close and within earshot is a bit more complicated. Monroe County resident Maury Johnson drove us as far as a private logging road would take us.

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Physician concerned about pipeline health hazards

Wednesday March 14, 2018

The 303 mile path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline is beginning to be cleared whether residents like it or not. Tina Smusz is a physician, who fell in love with the beauty of the mountains, so when something began to threaten that she began to do her research. It became clear to her that this pipeline could be very hazardous, especially if it were to leak.  Smusz believes it should be stopped because the landscape is riddled with sinkholes and caverns which makes for difficult terrain to build an underground pipeline.

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Majors, Chisholm and Bondurant: A dispatch from the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline

Wednesday March 14, 2018

Lynda Majors, Russell Chisholm and Roberta Bondurant serve on the Executive Committee of Protect Our Water, Heritage Rights, a coalition of nonprofits from the Virginias opposing the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Gov. Ralph Northam and Secretary of Natural Resources Matt Strickler:  The abuses of federal eminent domain for private pipeline profit coupled with “environmental mitigation” schemes set frightening precedent for our commonwealth and nation. Since the Mountain Valley Pipeline appeared in 2014, Virginia state and federal courts have avoided decisions against the gas industry, including the question of “public need,” rationalizing it as administratively determined by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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W.Va. judge to grant injunction to prevent protesters from sitting in trees

Tuesday March 13, 2018

UNION, W.Va. — A judge said Tuesday he will grant an injunction to prevent two protesters from sitting in trees, where for the past two weeks they have complicated plans to build a natural gas pipeline. But after half a day of testimony in Monroe County Circuit Court, there was no clear picture of how the tree-sitters will be removed.

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Forest service imposes emergency closure along Mountain Valley Pipeline route

Sunday March 11, 2018

In what it described as an emergency, the U.S. Forest Service said Saturday it was closing parts of the Jefferson National Forest where a natural gas pipeline is planned.

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Pipeline opponents gear up to monitor construction

Friday March 9, 2018

GILES CO., Va. (WDBJ7) A new effort to monitor construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline is now taking shape in western Virginia.

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Judge issues restraining order against pipeline protesters sitting in trees

Thursday March 8, 2018

A West Virginia judge has granted a temporary restraining order against pipeline protesters sitting in trees, leaving unanswered the question of how to remove them.

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The South’s Pipe Dreams

Thursday March 8, 2018

Appalachia’s buried treasure in natural gas means pipelines, and the controversy that comes with them are headed South.

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“Like a Graveyard.” MVP Rips Through Forests

 Wednesday March 7, 2018

Montgomery County, VA resident and Preserve Montgomery County volunteer Lynda Majors submitted the following account of tree felling devastation in the Brush Mountain and Craig Creek area.

Monday the trees were cut from Craig Creek all the way almost to the top of Brush Mountain. This is in the Inventoried Roadless Area of the Jefferson National Forest.

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MVP asks West Virginia judge to order protesters out of trees along pipeline route

Tuesday March 6, 2018

Lawyers for the Mountain Valley Pipeline are asking a West Virginia judge to order the removal of protesters sitting in trees along the pipeline’s route.

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Judge allows Mountain Valley Pipeline work to proceed on private property

Tuesday March 6, 2018

Work on a natural gas pipeline through Southwest Virginia could soon encroach upon private property owned by people who want nothing to do with the project. A federal judge on Friday granted Mountain Valley Pipeline immediate possession of the parcels, which it gained through the laws of eminent domain after nearly 300 landowners refused the company’s offers to purchase easements through which the pipeline will pass.

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As Atlantic Coast Pipeline moves to construction, groups urge Northam to act

Monday March 5, 2018

RICHMOND — More than a year ago, as he was attempting to fend off a primary challenge from an opponent dead set against the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines, then-Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam called for the contentious projects to “be held to the highest environmental standards” in a letter to the state’s environmental agency.

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Pipeline protesters are sitting in trees along its route in an effort to stop construction

Thursday March 1, 2018

Chainsaw crews are cutting trees in Giles County, clearing a path for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. On a ridgetop high above them, protestors are waiting. Since Monday, two self-described pipeline resisters have been sitting on platforms in two trees on Peters Mountain — about 60 feet off the ground and directly in the proposed path of the natural gas pipeline — with hopes of preventing the project from moving forward.

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Montgomery County Government responds to Mountain Valley Pipeline

Monday Feb. 26, 2018

Overview and Contacts | FAQs | News and Project Updates | Resources and Maps

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MVP partner announces change to corporate structure

Wednesday Feb. 21, 2018

A Pittsburgh company that is one of the key partners in the Mountain Valley Pipeline project announced Wednesday that it will create a new corporate entity to focus on natural gas pipelines.

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MVP’s contractor ran into environmental problems during construction of other pipelines

Sunday Feb. 18, 2018

A construction company hired to build the Mountain Valley Pipeline worked on three similar projects that were cited by environmental regulators, who found mountainsides turned to muddy slopes and streams clogged with sediment.

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Federal agency OKs start of pipeline construction in Giles County

 Tuesday Feb. 13, 2018

Trees that stand in the way of the Mountain Valley Pipeline could soon begin falling in Giles County.

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Landowners press for more protections, as judge grants access to pipeline survey teams

 Tuesday Feb. 13, 2018

ROANOKE CO, Va. (WDBJ7) Opponents of the Mountain Valley pipeline weren’t planning to spend Tuesday morning by the side of the road. But there they were on Green Hollow Drive, waiting to see if survey crews would appear on the gravel path that MVP plans to use for an access road

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General Assembly panel kills pipeline bills by Dels. Chris Hurst and Sam Rasoul

Tuesday Feb. 6, 2018

RICHMOND — A slate of bills that would increase oversight and accountability of natural gas pipelines failed Tuesday.

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MVP to pay $27.5 million for tree-cutting, other environmental impacts of pipeline

 Friday Feb. 2, 2018

Mountain Valley Pipeline has agreed to pay $27.5 million to compensate for tree-cutting and some other environmental impacts that are expected from running a natural gas pipeline through forests and across mountains.

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Federal judge puts a pause on Mountain Valley Pipeline construction plans

Thursday Feb. 1, 2018

With just a few hours remaining until Thursday, the day that Mountain Valley Pipeline had hoped to start work on a natural gas pipeline through Southwest Virginia, a judge put a pause to those plans.

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Path to the Pipeline

Thursday Jan. 25, 2018

The Proposed MVP would travel 303 miles through VA and WV. Foes contend that the project would cause irreparable environmental damage, low property values and violate private property rights.

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Northam: Protesters draw attention to pipelines

Sunday Jan. 14, 2018

RICHMOND — Pipeline protesters could be heard chanting, “life is water,” as inauguration festivities kicked off at noon.

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Efforts to take land for the Mountain Valley Pipeline challenged by property owners

Saturday Jan. 13, 2018

ROANOKE — Even as it asks a federal judge to allow it to run a natural gas pipeline through land it does not own, Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC is considering changes to the pipeline’s route.

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Mountain Valley begins legal efforts to take private land for its pipeline

 Friday Jan. 12, 2018

ROANOKE — The path to building a natural gas pipeline led to a packed courtroom Friday in Roanoke’s federal court, where landowners are fighting efforts by Mountain Valley Pipeline to take their property for the project.

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Roanoke, Blacksburg Democrats roll out pipeline-related bills

Thursday Jan. 11, 2018

RICHMOND — Spurred by the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines, Democrats from the Roanoke and New River valleys introduced a slew of pipeline-related bills this week… “We are tired of being bullied, we are tired of being pushed around,” Rasoul said Thursday at a news conference in Richmond.

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Environmental groups seek to halt construction of Mountain Valley Pipeline

Tuesday Jan. 9, 2018

ROANOKE, Va. “As construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline draws closer, a coalition of environmental groups is asking a federal appeals court to issue a stay that would stop the project in its tracks.”

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Mountain Valley Pipeline moves forward after federal approvals

Friday Jan. 5, 2018

ROANOKE, Va. “Two federal agencies have taken actions that will allow a natural gas pipeline to cross streams and wetlands more than 500 times in Southwest Virginia and burrow under the Blue Ridge Parkway.”

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Mountain Valley Pipeline opponents plan to appeal federal court ruling

Thursday Dec. 14, 2017

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) “Landowners who live in the path of the proposed natural gas pipeline are challenging the process of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that allows the use of eminent domain for a project opponents argue is not a public use.”

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State water board sued over decision to allow Mountain Valley Pipeline

Friday Dec. 8, 2017

Lawsuit filed against Va. State Water Control Board over 401 Certification
One day after Virginia’s SWCB approved MVP’s 401 certification, a lawsuit challenging the decision was filed in federal court by Appalachian Mountain Advocates for the Sierra Club and other environmental groups.

Roanoke Times, Dec. 8, 2017: State water board sued over decision to allow Mountain Valley Pipelin

Washington Post, Dec. 8, 2017: Environmental groups file suit in federal court against gas pipeline

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Dec. 8, 2017:  MVP approval faces new federal court challenge

Beckley Register-Herald, Dec. 8, 2017: Pipeline taxation still a puzzle in Monroe County

Water Control Board awards certification, ends with conflict and confusion 

Thursday Dec. 7, 2017

“RICHMOND — A state board responsible for protecting Virginia’s water awarded certification Thursday for the deeply controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline, voting 5-2 during a meeting that ended with confusion and conflict.

With its vote, the State Water Control Board determined there was a “reasonable assurance” that construction of the natural gas pipeline will not contaminate streams and other bodies of water along its path.

Opponents counter that digging trenches for a buried steel pipe 42 inches in diameter along steep mountain slopes is a recipe for environmental disaster….”

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Hundreds protest pipelines at Virginia state capitol

Sunday Dec. 3, 2017

“RICHMOND — A stream of protesters circled the state capitol Saturday to decry two natural gas pipeline projects they say will poison Virginia’s springs, creeks, rivers and lakes.

The crowd of about 500 gathered to send a message to the State Water Control Board, which meets Wednesday and Thursday to consider water quality certifications for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

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