The latest stand against the Mountain Valley Pipeline is in Franklin County, Virginia.
Three tree sits loom directly in the path of the pipeline’s destruction, making it impossible to clear the way without severely injuring the inhabitants of those trees. The sits tower over 75 feet off the ground, overlooking a small family farm’s livestock pasture and Little and Teel creeks, home to the endangered Roanoke Log Perch.
The tree sits build upon two other blockades to construction- a stand one hundred miles West, on Peters Mountain, and twenty miles West, in Bent Mountain, VA.
MVP’s 125-foot limits of destruction cuts through several family farms in Franklin County—places where local beef, honey, poultry, and produce are cultivated. According to the Roanoke Times, Precision Pipeline, the company contracted to construct the MVP, has a history of environmental violations and lawsuits for construction of several other pipelines.
The first stage of construction began with tree clearing in Franklin County in late March. The occupants of the trees at Little Teel Crossing are self-described as “young Virginians,” and are prepared to remain as long as this pipeline threatens family farms, land, and water.
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The mission of the Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice is to be faithful stewards of creation by supporting resistance to its degradation and exploitation. This ministry is connected to those risking all to stop these pipelines and intends to provide resources to those who protect the earth’s ecosystems, safeguard public health, and ensure sufficient, sustainable energy for people. All donations from this fundraising page will go to the efforts at Little Teel Crossing.