October 16th, 2023, Mass direct action took place at the Mountain Valley Pipeline construction areas, in two locations. Water protectors swarmed both sites with a total of four people locking down to construction equipment.
The Climate and Water Protectors walked onto the worksite, and disrupted work for 3 hours. Anon3, "I'm gravely concerned that the United States is working to make natural gas, and fossil fuel infrastructure a permanent feature of the Int'l energy market. I'm worried this pipeline is the foremost signal of that commitment." He continues, "Today was tense, but anyone who studies direct action, and understands the risk involved, knows that this is one of the potential forms of escalation we face."
Climate protectors in Appalachia took over a worksite in Montgomery County VA and stopped work for well over an hour. The Mountain Valley Pipeline is a 320 mile long fracked natural gas pipeline that began construction in 2018. The pipeline was initially forecast to be done in 2018 at a cost of 3.5 billion dollars, but strong resistance on the ground has more than doubled the cost of the still unfinished pipeline. There were no arrests.
Climate Protectors lock to equipment on a Mountain Valley Pipeline worksite in Roanoke County, VA on stolen Yesan land
Friday, Two pipeline fighters are locked to equipment on a Mountain Valley Pipeline worksite in Roanoke County, VA on stolen Yesan land. Climate Protectors locked down and shut down work at the site tree clearing on Poor Mountain for over seven hours at press time.