Governor McAuliffe to visit Roanoke Friday; pipeline protesters plan gathering

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Governor McAuliffe plans to be in Southwest Virginia Friday to deliver remarks at a Business Council of Roanoke meeting.

The meeting will take place at 8 a.m. Friday, July 17 at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center along Shenandoah Avenue SW.

After hearing that Gov. McAuliffe will be visiting, several citizens of Virginia quickly organized a protest rally surrounding the hotel located in downtown Roanoke.

Protestors will take a stand for the land as they express opposition about two pipelines proposed to course through Virginia: Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). Property rights are of utmost concern.

Surveyors for the proposed MVP have trespassed onto properties located in Roanoke County. Many residents of the region wish to "Flatline the Pipeline" and are frustrated by Governor McAuliffe's support of the MVP and the ACP.

They requested a meeting with the governor but have not received a response. It is anticipated that attendees of the protest will include people affected by the MVP and ACP.

On their page it states:

Governor McAuliffe will be visiting the Roanoke Valley on Friday, July 17. Let's show him how we feel about his support of 42 inch fracked gas pipeline projects!

He'll be delivering remarks at a Business Council of Roanoke meeting. Let's think of a few remarks we'd like to deliver to him as well. LOUDLY. 

Bring your signs!

Bring your banners!

Bring your Flatline the Pipeline Tshirts, or get one there!

Bring your neighbors!

Bring your voice!

Join us to tell Terry McAuliffe that we CAN, and we WILL