Not defeated, but defiant: Tree sitters energize local pipeline opposition

By Jeremiah Knupp, The News Leader.
May 10, 2018.

"WAYNESBORO - Becci Harmon of Swoope clutched a small pastel painting on her lap.

The canvas showed a large hand hovering ominously over and about to snatch a tiny red house. The spark coming from the outstretched index finger made obvious the reference to Dominion Energy’s former corporate logo.

The red house represented Harmon’s home. Though Harmon has successfully fought to save her one acre property from the path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, on Wednesday morning she was supporting those for whom the struggle has reached their front lawns.

Harmon joined about 50 other people in the basement room of the Waynesboro Public Library to listen to the story of Theresa “Red” Terry, a Roanoke County resident who occupied a tree in an attempt the stop a court-ordered forced easement by eminent domain through her property for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Terry’s protest made international news and catapulted the fight of those in western Virginia against two encroaching natural gas pipeline projects into the national spotlight. The event was sponsored by RISE Waynesboro, a community action group, and Friends of Augusta, a local pipeline opposition group."

Josh Stanfield