As the pipeline runs through several towns and land owned by citizens, it is only natural for these people to defend what is there. One form of activism that took place was tree sits; those brave enough and possessed the courage to fight for their property and homes hoisted themselves into trees throughout several counties. These protesters would stay in these tree stands for weeks to months on end to not only halt the construction but make a statement, empower their community and bring national recognition to a major environmental issue.
Theresa “Red” Terry
Theresa “Red” Terry a 61 year old women and her daughter are recognized for their efforts of protesting the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Both her and her daughter conducted tree sits also known as arial blockades, to protect their families Bent Mountain property in Roanoke County. The mother and daughter pair were in the trees for more than 30 days before coming down for several weeks Red and her daughter endured harsh weather conditions and cold temperatures. Red’s Husband Coles Terry III, his brother, and other people own about 1,500 acres of land near the Blue Ridge parkway. After hearing about the construction the Terry’s did what they could to prevent the pipeline from cutting through their land spending countless and time and resources fighting it. Even after invoking eminent domain and offering to compensate the family, the Terrys rejected the money. After filing suit and being rejected Red took it upon herself to protect her land.1
“Nutty ”, which is a pseudonym, hails from Giles County, VA. She halted the MVP construction for 57 days with her arial blockade. Nutty holds the record for the longest Monopod Protest in US history. Even with such an extraordinary feet, Nutty remained inviolable in the face of Harsh weather conditions and antagonistic treatment from law enforcement. Her goal was not to see how long she could stay in the trees, but to bring national recognition to an issues that not only effects her but all the families and counties that would be inflicted by the construction of the Pipeline.2
1. Philp, Drew. 2018. “America’s Tree Sitters Risk Lives on the Front Line.” The Guardian, May 26, 2018, sec. Environment. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/26/tree-sitters-appalachian-oil-pipeline-virginia-west.
2.Washington Post. n.d. “Perched on a Platform High in a Tree, a 61-Year-Old Woman Fights a Gas Pipeline.” Accessed December 2, 2021. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/perched-on-a-platform-high-in-a-tree-a-61-year-old-woman-fights-a-gas-pipeline/2018/04/21/3b8284b4-435e-11e8-bba2-0976a82b05a2_story.html.