Mountain Valley Pipeline protester evicted from aerial blockade and arrested

Published: Jun. 1, 2018 at 3:40 PM EDT
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A pipeline protester who was blocking a U.S. Forest Service Road in western Virginia has been evicted from her aerial blockade and was arrested Friday.

According to a post on Appalachians Against Pipelines' Facebook page, Fern MacDougal of Michigan was extracted from the blockade on Pocahontas Road in Giles County and arrested around 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Law enforcement arrived just before 6 a.m. They then "discussed extraction, suited up in climbing gear, and attempted to coax fern down — but she refused to give in to their intimidation," says the post. Two hours later, a cherry picker drove up the road to extract Fern, where she was lowered to the ground and arrested. Fern had occupied that aerial blockade for 12 days before being arrested.

MacDougal originally decided to protest because she said she was inspired by "Nuttty," the pipeline protester who has been blocking Pocahontas Road for over 50 days. She was the second pipeline protester to block Pocahontas Road.

Appalachians Against Pipelines writes in their post "Although the blockade of this pipeline access road has been removed, the fight is far from over."

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Edit @3:55 pm: fern was released on her own recognizance with 4 misdemeanors. Donate to support her legal fees:...

Posted by Appalachians Against Pipelines on Friday, June 1, 2018