A group of Mountain Valley Pipeline protesters were dispersed from a work site in Callaway yesterday morning, leading to two arrests.
Security at the site on Wade Gap Road contacted the Franklin County Sheriff's Office when two protesters were found chained to equipment and multiple other individuals protesting in the roadway, said Capt. Phillip Young with the sheriff's office.
County deputies and the Virginia State Police responded to the scene and asked the protesters to leave and obtain a demonstration permit. They left the scene without incident, Young said.
The protesters chained to the equipment, later identified as Amory L. Zhou-Kourvo, 19, of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Melissa M. Dubois, 27, of Worcester, Massachusetts, appeared fatigued leading deputies to contact Franklin County Public Safety to assist. Virginia State Police then removed the protesters safely from the equipment, Young said.
Both Zhou-Kourvo and Dubois were arrested and charged with trespassing and tampering with a vehicle. Dubois was released on $1,500 bond and Zhou-Kourvo is currently being held without bond.