PEMBROKE, Va. – UPDATE
A woman is behind bars after protesting against the Mountain Valley Pipeline on Monday morning.
At about 5:40 a.m., Virginia State Police responded to a call from MVP security regarding a group of about a dozen people on private property along Doe Creek Road near Giles County.
Pipeline officials reporting the group as well as a 2000 Isuzu Rodeo were blocking access to the roadway to prohibit crews from entering the site.
28-year-old Sydney Browning, of Whitesville, West Virginia, physically locked and barricaded herself inside the broken-down vehicle, according to authorities.
Police were able to safely remove Browning from the car before she was taken before a Giles County Magistrate.
According to state police, Browning was charged with the following:
- Obstruction of justice
- Interfering with the property rights of another
- Obstructing free passage
- Operating an uninsured vehicle and for coasting a vehicle
Authorities said she was also cited for failing to have the vehicle registered.
A person locked inside of a broken-down vehicle has blocked access to a Mountain Valley Pipeline construction site, according to Appalachians Against Pipelines.
“Who Killed the World” is painted along the side of the vehicle.
According to Appalachians Against Pipelines, more than a dozen people have gathered in a show of support.
You can read the protesters’ full statement below: