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

Minor Terry descends from her tree Saturday.

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.