19 Radicals Arrested for Blocking DEQ Building in Richmond, Va.

As MDN told you two weeks ago, radicals from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) said they would stage “massive” protests at several Virginia Department of Environmental Quality offices last week to protest against two Marcellus/Utica pipeline projects: the $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline and $3.5 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline. Both projects have large segments crossing Virginia (see Radical CCAN to Protest VA DEQ Against Marcellus/Utica Pipelines). CCAN said up to 1,000 people would turn up to behave badly at DEQ office sites–using sit-ins, “prayer circles” and sidewalk “rallies.” The so-called “massive” rallies where held–and it was bust. At the main DEQ office in Richmond, “dozens” turned out to protest the pipelines. If it weren’t for the signs and sloppy dress code, you wouldn’t have known they where there–they would have blended in with the crowd. In the end, 19 of the radicals were arrested for blocking an entrance to the building where the DEQ has its office. The news account of the “arrest” of these radicals sounds more like a tea party than a crime scene. One radical said she though the police “were just great”…

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