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Pipeline tree stand protesters get jail time, fines

Pipeline Eminent Domain
Posted at 6:01 PM, May 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-06 18:02:10-04

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. -- Two Mountain Valley Pipeline protesters have been sentenced to several months in jail and ordered to repay the cost of removing them from tree stands along the pipeline’s path.

A district court judge convicted 24-year-old Alexander Lowe of Massachusetts, and 23-year-old Claire Fiocco of Vermont, on Wednesday of obstructing justice and interfering with Mountain Valley’s property rights.

Fiocco was sentenced to 158 days while Lowe was sentenced to 254 days.

A different judge later ordered the pair to repay Mountain Valley more than $140,000 and fined them several thousand dollars each for defying his order to come down from the trees.