Bent Mountain landowner says native American site deserves protection

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ROANOKE CO., Va. (WDBJ7) As tree-cutting for the Mountain Valley Pipeline continues on Bent Mountain, a landowner is trying to protect what experts believe is a native American burial site.

The chainsaws haven't reached Kathy Chandler's property yet.

And she still hopes MVP will adjust the route of the pipeline to avoid the site that was recently identified by tribal representatives.

"A cemetery, a place of rest deserves the respect more than to have in this case a pipeline within 10 or 12 feet of what they've determined the margins to be," Chandler told WDBJ7 on Thursday. "And I might add it hasn't been fully explored."

Chandler says the site deserves protection, and the best protection, she says, is avoidance.

Her daughters agree.

"Having a burial ground on your property is a really important thing," said Silvie Chandler, "and I don't think it should be disturbed."

"I think it's very important that the pipeline moves," Eloise Chandler added, "because even if it's moved just a little bit over, the blasting and everything will still disrupt a site that's supposed to be peaceful and respected."

Kathy Chandler said there is another burial ground and other rock formations on the property that should be evaluated by native American archeologists.