After a month in the trees, Red & Minor Terry come down and begin the next phase of their fight against the Mountain Valley Pipeline

Mason Adams
May 6, 2018 · 1 min read

By Mason Adams

On April 2, 61-year-old Theresa “Red” Terry and her 30-year-old daughter Minor took to the treetops on land that’s been in the Terry family for seven generations.

They set up tree-sits in a corridor awarded by eminent domain to EQT for construction of the 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline, which will transport natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in northern West Virginia to a transfer station in southern Virginia.

On Friday, May 4, however, a federal judge ruled that after midnight on Saturday, May 5, the Terrys would incur $1,000 fines for each day the two remained in the trees, and after May 10, U.S. Marshals would move in to remove them.

The Terrys called a news conference for Saturday, May 5. I went and live-tweeted what happened. Here’s the thread, along with a couple of earlier tweets about that court ruling.

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