UPDATE: (AP) – A second Mountain Valley Pipeline protester is charged with a felony in West Virginia.
Court records show 19-year-old Jeremy Edwards is charged with threats of terrorist acts and property destruction, both felonies, as well as obstruction and trespassing, which are misdemeanors.
According to Appalachians Against Pipelines, Edwards barricaded himself inside a section of a natural gas pipeline Monday morning. The group says the “unfounded, trumped up” felony charges are an attempt to “silence resistance” to the project.
Another protester was charged on April 25 with threats of terrorist acts after locking himself on equipment at a pipeline worksite.
The Mountain Valley Pipeline is a 300-mile (483-kilometer) natural gas pipeline that is being constructed in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.
UPDATE: 5/6 6:30 p.m.
Troopers make an arrest after a person chained himself inside of a section of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
Jeremy Edward Litten was arrested for allegedly crawling into one of the pipes and chaining himself with weights. After refusing to leave, Litten was arrested. He is facing multiple charges, including making threats terroristic acts and obstructing an officer.
The fight against the Mountain Valley Pipeline started early in Summers County, Monday morning, as an anonymous protester barricaded themselves inside a section of the Mountain Valley Pipeline work site near Pence Springs. Two people are currently under arrest and facing charges.
According to a press release from Appalachians Against Pipelines, the section of pipe in question is near the easement ditch, ready for welding to be completed before being buried. Banners are hung from the pipe itself reading, “STOP WORK: PERSON IN PIPE ” and “MVP: THE TRUE TERRORIST.”
The person in the pipe stated, “I’ve entered this pipe in an attempt to slow the devastation that the Mountain Valley Pipeline (and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline) will cause to the ecosystem I grew to love while camping here as a child, and that I now call my home. While the fossil fuel industry and the state wish to portray us as a threat to the public, the only threat we pose is to the profits generated by these pointless projects. Still, perhaps these obstructive acts do terrify those with an interest in maintaining the status-quo. Perhaps they are reminded of the contradiction of infinite growth on a finite planet. Perhaps they realize that a world without domination and profit is possible, and tremble at the prospect.
Summers County Prosecuting Attorney Kristin Cook tells 59 News two people are under arrest. They are currently in the custody of the West Virginia State Police Hinton detachment. Their names haven’t been released at this time.
59 News reached out to Mountain Valley Pipeline for a statement. So far, our phone call has not been returned.