UNION, W. Va. (WVNS) — A Monroe County judge has changed his mind for the fate of pipeline protestors.
On Tuesday, March 20th, 2018, Judge Robert Irons dismissed an injunction he previously granted last week.
Protestors of the Mountain Valley Pipeline have made homes in the trees of Peters Mountain. Their goal is to delay pipeline construction.
On Tuesday, March 13th, 2018, Judge Irons granted an injunction to the plaintiff to remove these tree sitters, as long as proof was provided that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had access to work in West Virginia.
According to the defense attorney, William DePaulo, the plaintiff denied to present their burden of proof, Tuesday, March 20th, 2018, resulting in Judge Irons dismissing of the injunction.
It is still unclear what the next step is for the pipeline construction and whether or not the tree sitters will be forced to leave.