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Man Straps Self to Machine to Protest Pipeline

In this Thursday, May 3, 2018 photo, downed trees mark the route of the proposed Mountain Valley pipeline in Lindside, W.Va.

Authorities have arrested a protester who strapped himself to construction equipment at a Mountain Valley Pipeline site in West Virginia.

News outlets report state police haven’t released details about the Monday arrest at the Lindside site. The man was strapped that morning to the equipment roughly 20 feet above the ground with a sign that said “No pipelines on stolen land.”

Authorities arrested him by late that afternoon. A group of protesters also gathered in a nearby parking lot with signs asking to stop the pipeline.

The Mountain Valley Pipeline is a 300-mile (483-kilometer) natural gas pipeline that is being constructed in West Virginia and Virginia and has used eminent domain to acquire project space.

Pipeline developers recently submitted an application to extend pipeline into North Carolina.