wells fargo protest

Protesters hold signs at Norton’s Wells Fargo branch.

There were protests Wednesday at Wells Fargo bank branches in Big Stone Gap and Norton, calling for the company to stop investing in fossil fuel projects.

Protests began at noon. The news media was alerted about 90 minutes earlier in a press release.

It stated that people across Virginia would be protesting at Wells Fargo branches under the umbrella of Invest Virginia. The release described Invest Virginia as “a group of organizations from the mountains to the coast demanding economic investment in community led initiatives instead of continued investment in dirty industry with no regard for the health and safety of our people and communities.”

The release alleged that Wells Fargo has a financial relationship with Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Dakota Access pipeline project and the company that “bought out the land holdings of Penn Virginia Resources.”

Groups that took action locally were Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards and the Alliance for Appalachia.

More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/investvirginia.

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