Legal Options For Pipeline Companies Stymied By Tree-Sitters

Law360 (September 6, 2019, 1:32 PM EDT) -- In recent years, pipeline opponents have increasingly used “tree-sitting” to obstruct natural gas infrastructure projects. The tactic involves individuals who climb trees slated for removal in a pipeline project, and stay there — sometimes for months, and often aided by family, friends or others — forcing project developers to take various countermeasures.

Last month, a Virginia federal district judge rejected a novel effort by Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, or MVP, to join two unnamed tree-sitters as defendants in a Natural Gas Act eminent domain action to condemn pipeline easements over land in southwestern Virginia.[1] Although declining to join the tree-sitters as...

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