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Southern West Virginia grandmother blocks MVP in her first car


The Register-Herald

Monroe County resident Becky Crabtree was arrested Tuesday for halting construction by blocking a section of pipeline that is going through land her daily lives on.
(Register-Herald photo by Jenny Harnish)

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Becky Crabtree, a 64-year-old Monroe County grandmother, was arrested Tuesday for blockading herself in a 1971 Ford Pinto in order to stop construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) near Peters Mountain.

Crabtree, whose home sits at the base of the mountain, is a retired school teacher and author.

“I have talked to elected officials, signed petitions, written letters, submitted reports and gone to court. I have exhausted the ‘usual’ methods of fighting injustice and have gotten no relief,” stated Crabtree in a news release before her arrest. “Officials have failed us in this fight; we need to fight for ourselves and each other.”

A West Virginia grandmother halted construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) by blockading herself in a 1971 Ford Pinto at a pipeline worksite. The elevated blockade was carried out by 64-year-old local resident Becky Crabtree on a section of pipeline easement that is ravaging the land her family lives on in Monroe County.
(Submitted photo)

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