UPDATE: Blacksburg woman has been removed from the Mountain Valley Pipeline equipment

Published: Jun. 28, 2018 at 9:08 AM EDT
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The woman that locked herself to pipeline equipment, halting construction, has been removed.

This is a developing story. Stay with us for updates.


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.

We're told law enforcement is in the area.

Our crews are working to get more information and we'll update you on what we learn.