Resistance against the Mountain Valley Pipeline grows for tree sitters

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) -- A new stand against the Mountain Valley Pipeline has started in Franklin County.

Three tree sitters hover in the path of the pipeline’s destruction, towering over 75 feet off the ground of a small family farm’s livestock pasture, overlooking Little and Teel creeks, and home to the endangered Roanoke Logperch.

These tree sitters join others on Peters Mountain, and on Bent Mountain.

The first stage of construction for the MVP began with tree clearing in Franklin County in late March.

On Thursday, MVP security personnel taped to the trees a notice of violation of Judge Dillon’s Federal Court Order stating tree sitters “should vacate the property immediately.”

The occupants in the trees at Little Teel Crossing say they are prepared to remain as long as "this pipeline threatens family farms, land, and water."