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FACT CHECK: Are Mountain Valley Pipeline Protesters “Peaceful”?

CLAIM: Media reports out of Virginia claim that extremists protesting the Mountain Valley Pipeline “are peacefully protesting the pipeline,” with one activist saying they are non-violent and respect state police.

RATING

False

FACT CHECK

Developments quickly overtook the narrative, and that story needed to be updated:

A Giles County man was charged with assaulting a Mountain Valley Pipeline worker during a protest at a construction site Monday. … Jammie Hale, 46, was charged with assaulting a Mountain Valley employee, a misdemeanor. He was later released on a $2,500 bond.

Another was arrested for locking himself to concrete …

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FACT CHECK: Are Infrastructure Protection Laws “un-American”?

CLAIM: The Natural Resources Defense Council claims that the US Department of Transportation’s proposed legislation to protect pipelines and pipeline construction projects are “un-American,” “anti-freedom” and an effort to “stop protest.”

RATING

False

FACT CHECK

These claims would be true only to the degree that the proposal aims to take away the freedom to break the law with minimal consequences. Never mind that the proposal does nothing to prevent legal activities associated with protests, including First Amendment rights of speech and assembly.

The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) joined states in proposing new legislation …

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