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About 9:20 a.m., Carolyn Reilly heard from across Teel Creek the cracking sound of a branch snapping. Seconds later, the sound repeated. “Here they come,” she said. On Thursday, Reilly and her family worked together to anticipate, encounter and peacefully repel from their Franklin County farm a crew of surveyors working for Mountain Valley Pipeline. The roughly three-hour drama that unfolded that morning has played out many times and in many places in recent years. The cast for these dramas has featured a subset of regional landowners along the proposed course of the 42-inch diameter, high-pressure natural gas pipeline. They have fought to resist efforts by survey crews to study their property’s potential for a hosting a portion of the route of the 303-mile buried pipeline. Especially fierce resistance has reigned in portions of Roanoke and Franklin counties. On occasion, this opposition has created quandaries for law enforcement departments whose officers have felt torn about how to respond when residents they’re obliged to serve and protect seek their intervention. Read the rest of the story here: