A pipeline protester again briefly blocked work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline early Tuesday, this time in Newport.
A judge said he could not trust that tree-sitter Claire Marian Fiocco would not try again to block the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
The operation marks the end of a tree-sit protest that began about two and a half years ago, blocking Mountain Valley from cutting some of the last remaining trees along the natural gas pipeline’s path.
One of two Mountain Valley Pipeline protesters was removed from a treetop blockade Tuesday by the long arm of the law, which was made even longer with help from a towering construction crane.
The two aerial blockades were erected on a steep, wooded slope on Sept. 5, 2018, and have been occupied ever since by mostly anonymous protesters who say the huge buried pipeline will scar the scenic landscape and pollute its streams and rivers.
One option is to use a crane to remove the protesters, but no direct action had been taken by Friday.
While the State Water Control Board took no action, it was told that regulators are again seeking fines for violations of erosion control regulations.
Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Robert Turk imposed a fine of $500 a day against each tree-sitter for as long as they remain on the tarp-covered wooden platforms that went up more than two years ago.
A temporary injunction issued Thursday by Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Robert Turk ordered the three unidentified tree-sitters and 10 of their supporters to be gone by Monday.
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