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IRONTO, Va. (AP) — A man who chained himself to an excavator to protest the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline has been charged with two misdemeanors.
The Roanoke Times reports 26-year-old Michael James-Deramo is facing misdemeanor counts of entering private property to damage it and preventing the operation of a vehicle.
Virginia State Police used a mechanized lift Friday to remove James-Deramo.
The 300-mile (483-kilometer) natural gas pipeline is being built in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. It has used eminent domain to acquire project space.
The Blacksburg resident in a statement released by the organization Appalachians Against Pipelines says he has “watched as this pipeline has wreaked havoc” on the land and people’s lives.
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The newspaper reports authorities in Virginia and West Virginia have charged about 40 people who have attempted to block construction since work began last year.
Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com
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