West Virginia protest blocks path of Mountain Valley Pipeline

Published: Aug. 1, 2018 at 5:20 PM EDT
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The path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline is well-defined in Monroe County, West Virginia. And sections of pipe are now being welded together, where the project crosses Becky Crabtree's property.

Crabtree protested there Tuesday morning, in the front seat of her first car, a 1971 Ford Pinto that was elevated on a base of wooden timbers.

"I believe we were there about 4 am, and I believe work was stopped when i left a little after 10," Crabtree told WDBJ7. 'I'll take six hours of Mountain Valley not being able to work on my property."

We spoke with Crabtree after she was arrested and arraigned on a charge of obstructing a police officer. Her car was locked up in the local impound lot nearby

"I've signed petitions. I've written letters. I've talked to candidates for office and I've talked to elected officials. I've protested non-violently," Crabtree said. "What else can I do? We've been to court, involved in several court cases. What else is left? Who is going to help us stop this pipeline?"

Mountain Valley Pipeline released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

"The MVP project team appreciates the effort of state and local authorities to uphold the law and protect public safety. Our first priority remains the safety of workers, contractors, law enforcement officers, residents and others, including protestors, as we continue with construction along the route. While we respect the opinions of those who are opposed to MVP and other important natural gas infrastructure projects, it is unfortunate that a select few continue to engage in this type of unsafe activity."

Crabtree said she has never faced a criminal charge before, but protested Tuesday knowing she would be arrested. And she said she has no regrets.