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Photos: Tree-sitters persist in protest of the Mountain Valley Pipeline
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Photos: Tree-sitters persist in protest of the Mountain Valley Pipeline

As the sun set Monday on the Yellow Finch tree-sits near Elliston, the aerial blockade of the Mountain Valley Pipeline remained. A judge ordered the tree-sitters down last week. While an encampment of supporters had packed up and moved out by Monday’s deadline, three unidentified protesters were still in their tree stands off Yellow Finch Lane. A temporary injunction sought by Mountain Valley allowed law enforcement to remove the activists if they refused to leave. But there was no sign of action by pipeline officials or sheriff’s deputies Monday.

Heather Rousseau is a staff photographer with The Roanoke Times. She moved to Roanoke in 2015 and has worked around the country as a visual journalist for over 15 years. She loves to share stories through photography and video.

Matt Gentry is a Blacksburg native and Roanoke Times, New River Bureau Photographer based in Christiansburg.

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