Monroe County

Pipeline protests continue amid tree removal

LINDSIDE, WV (WVNS) -- Deep in the snowcaps lie the blue ridges of Peters Mountain, which has become a construction zone for the Mountain Valley Pipeline as of March 28, 2018. It is a project that has met with protestors, who believe not a penny from its proposed $17 billion profit will be reinvested to the people.

"This is going to shareholders and out-of-state corporations," said Maury Johnson of Preserve Monroe.  "We're getting nothing."

The tree-top protestors, who are actively opposing the project, claim that the land being used for the pipeline is sacred ground.

"There's a Native American cemetery or village on top of Peters Mountain," Johnson alleged.

No matter the reason, the protestors do not plan on going anywhere.

"There'll be there as long as they can possibly stay there," Johnson said.  "They can stay there all summer."

Johnson fully believes in his actions and those of the protestors because it is morally the right thing to do.

"Martin Luther King did a lot of illegal things," Johnson said.  "The people that threw the tea in the Boston Harbor, that was illegal. It's not whether it's illegal, it's whether it is right. This is right. It may be illegal, but it is definitely right."

59 News reached out to the public relations department of Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, but they have not yet returned our calls, as of 6:30 pm on Monday.

Stick with 59 News on this developing story.


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