Woman’s horseback protest against pipeline is almost done

July 10, 2019
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Sarah Murphy walks along Dunn Road in Fayetville. N.C., with her horses UFO and Rob Roy after grabbing a drink to cool off on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Murphy is walking and riding her two horses across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina along the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to protest against its construction and to raise awareness surrounding it. She expects to finish in the next week or so at the pipeline's end near Pembroke. Murphy has been traveling since April. (Sue Gerrits/The Fayetteville Observer via AP)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A Virginia woman who mounted a horseback protest against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is nearing the end of her journey through three states.

The Fayetteville Observer reports Sarah Murphy arrived this week in Cumberland County, North Carolina, after riding along the pipeline’s route and expects to finish in the next week or so near Pembroke.

The 36-year-old Murphy and her two horses have been traveling since she left her home near Charlottesville, Virginia, in September.

The 600-mile, $7 billion natural gas pipeline is to run from the mountains of West Virginia to eastern Virginia and to Robeson County in North Carolina. Construction began last year but has been delayed by federal litigation.

The pipeline is a project of Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and Southern Company Gas.

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