Pipeline opponents carry protest to Virginia DEQ

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Opponents of the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines are taking their protests to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality this week.

In Roanoke Wednesday, they gathered on property near the state DEQ office, holding signs for the passing traffic on Peters Creek Road.

And they offered prayers that state regulators will take action to halt the projects.

Rick Smithers is the Pastor of Crossroads Community Church in Rocky Mount.

"I'm hoping that Governor McAuliffe will see this, hear this and act on it," Smithers said, "but act in a way that's going to benefit the people and not private business."

"The DEQ knows what to do," said pipeline opponent Mara Robbins. "And McAuliffe knows what to do, and that's why we're here today is to say 'do your job."

The two-day protest continues Thursday at seven DEQ offices around the state.