Woman arrested after blocking access to Mountain Valley Pipeline site during protest

The protestors blocked crews from entering the pipeline site

Woman arrested after blocking access to pipeline site in Giles County
Woman arrested after blocking access to pipeline site in Giles County


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:

  • Trespassing
  • 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:

Happening now!! A broken down vehicle painted with the words, “WHO KILLED THE WORLD?” is blockading access to a Mountain...

Posted by Appalachians Against Pipelines on Tuesday, May 18, 2021

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