LINDSIDE, W.Va. (AP) — A second Mountain Valley Pipeline protester has been charged with a felony in West Virginia.
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph cites Summers County Magistrate Court records in reporting that 19-year-old Jeremy Edwards is charged with threats of terrorist acts and property destruction, both felonies, as well as obstruction and trespassing, which are misdemeanors.
According to Appalachians Against Pipelines, Edwards barricaded himself inside a section of a natural gas pipeline Monday morning. The group says the “unfounded, trumped up” felony charges are an attempt to “silence resistance” to the project.
Another protester was charged on April 25 with threats of terrorist acts after locking himself on equipment at a pipeline worksite.
The Mountain Valley Pipeline is a 300-mile (483-kilometer) natural gas pipeline that is being constructed in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.
UPDATE: SUMMERS COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – The pipeline fighter who barricaded themselves inside the Mountain Valley Pipeline this morning has been extracted, arrested, and bailed out of jail. They were charged with two misdemeanors (trespassing, obstruction) and two felonies (threats of terrorist acts, property destruction).
The anonymous pipeline fighter was extracted before 10 am this morning after spending over 3 hours blocking construction and welding from their place locked within the pipe. Another supporter was detained by police, driven off-site and released without charges.
SUMMERS COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – A pipeline fighter prevented work at a Mountain Valley Pipeline construction site in Summers County earlier this morning.
The person barricaded themselves inside a section of the pipeline next to the ditch that was slated to soon be buried.
The person inside the pipe stated, “I’ve entered this pipe in an attempt to slow the devastation that the Mountain Valley Pipeline (and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline) will cause to the ecosystem I grew to love while camping here as a child and that I now call my home.
According to Appalachians Against Pipelines, one person has been arrested.
Stay with WOAY News for further updates on this developing story.