Professor removed from Mountain Valley Pipeline equipment

Published: Jun. 28, 2018 at 8:59 PM EDT
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UPDATE (8:50 p.m. June 28):

The Virginia Tech professor who locked herself to pipeline equipment, halting construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, has been removed and taken into custody.

According to former students, 46-year-old Emily Satterwhite taught classes for the university's pop culture minor.


A Mountain Valley Pipeline opponent has locked herself to equipment in an attempt to stop work in Montgomery County Thursday morning.

Emily Satterwhite, 46 of Blacksburg, is the local resident that is carrying out the protest.

Satterwhite is an Associate Professor at Virginia Tech.

"Virginians have tried every way we know how to tell our elected representatives that these fracked gas pipelines are a mistake,” said Emily Satterwhite, a 46-year-old mother from Blacksburg, VA. “We may not have lobbyists outside your doors like Dominion does, but we can stop construction to tell you that southwest Virginia does not want the Mountain Valley Pipeline. MVP is bad for Virginia and bad for the planet. The State Water Control Board and DEQ can stop this pipeline. Governor Northam can stop this pipeline. Revoke water quality certification now and inspire a new generation of voters. Because if you don't act to protect our water and our mountains, we will."

The Appalachians Against Pipelines Facebook page posted some photos of the protest.

The group is asking others to show up in support.

State police, sheriff's deputies and officials with the pipeline and the U.S. Forest Service arrived at the scene. According to The Roanoke Times, hey advised Satterwhite she would be arrested if she didn't come down voluntarily. She responded that she was willing to face the consequences.

Satterwhite's demonstration is the latest direct action protesters have taken against the multistate natural gas pipeline. Earlier this year, a number of opponents stationed themselves in trees along the route.