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Protestor arrested after near Mountain Valley Pipeline construction site in Elliston


One protester demonstrating at the pipeline construction site in Elliston Saturday was arrested, according to Appalachians Against Pipelines.

The group said the individual locked herself to construction equipment at the worksite, near Bradshaw Creek and Road. After protesting for about seven hours, the woman was extracted and arrested.

We’re told Virginia State Troopers and the Montgomery County Sheriff were on the scene, and the protester was charged with a misdemeanor, and bail was set at $2,500.


A group of protestors gathered in Montgomery County Saturday morning to oppose the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

More than 20 people demonstrated at the pipeline construction site in Elliston near Bradshaw Road. They held signs, chanted, played music and drums.

Local and State Police arrived on the scene to monitor the situation.

One Third Act Virginia protestor, Lisa Finn, spoke to 10 News about why she wanted to protest.

“We don’t need [the pipeline]. We need to move off of fossil fuels immediately. And we don’t need to be building new infrastructure for fossil fuels,” said Finn. “This fight is all of our fight. We all should be here. We all should be protesting.”

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It Will Cost Up To $21.5 Billion To Clean Up California’s Oil Sites. The Industry Won’t Make Enough Money To Pay For It.

This article first appeared at ProPublica, and was co-published with LAist and KVPR. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox.

For well over a century, the oil and gas industry has drilled holes across California in search of black gold and a lucrative payday. But with production falling steadily, the time has come to clean up many of the nearly quarter-million wells scattered from downtown Los Angeles to western Kern County and across the state.

The bill for that work, however, will vastly exceed all the industry’s future profits in the state, according to a first-of-its-kind study published Thursday and shared with ProPublica.

“This major issue has sneaked up on us,” said Dwayne Purvis, a Texas-based petroleum reservoir engineer who analyzed profits and cleanup costs for the report. “Policymakers haven’t recognized it. Industry hasn’t recognized it, or, if they have, they haven’t talked about it and acted on it.”

The analysis, which was commissioned by Carbon Tracker Initiative, a financial think tank that studies how the transition away from fossil fuels impacts markets and the economy, used California regulators’ draft methodology for calculating the costs associated with plugging oil and gas wells and decommissioning them along with related infrastructure. The methodology was developed with feedback from the industry.

The report broke down the costs into several categories. Plugging wells, dismantling surface infrastructure and decontaminating polluted drill sites would cost at least $13.2 billion, based on publicly available data. Adding in factors with slightly more uncertainty, like inflation rates and the price of decommissioning miles of pipeline, could bring the total cleanup bill for California’s onshore oil and gas industry to $21.5 billion.

Meanwhile, California oil and gas production will earn about

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