Bill and Lynn Limpert display a poster-sized photo of themselves beside a massive sugar maple at their home in rural Bath County, outside the Capitol Square building in Richmond where Gov. Terry McAuliffe has his office. ( Laura Vozzella/The Washington Post)

Bill and Lynn Limpert rallied outside Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Capitol Square offices Thursday with a poster-sized photo of themselves back home in rural Bath County, standing at the foot of a massive sugar maple.

Measuring 12 feet around, the tree is part of an old-growth forest that the Limperts said would be removed — along with 38 miles of mountaintop — if Dominion Power is allowed to build a natural gas pipeline through rural Virginia.

The two retirees were part of an environmental protest that claimed Dominion’s proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline will require “mountaintop removal” — something the company says is not true.

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