ROANOKE, Va. — A judge is considering what to do about a Virginia mother and daughter who have refused to come down from tree stands for weeks and are preventing access to their land for the construction of a natural gas pipeline.

The Roanoke Times reports attorneys for the Mountain Valley Pipeline argued in federal court Tuesday that Theresa "Red" Terry and her daughter, Theresa Minor Terry, are blocking tree removal for the pipeline and should be found in contempt.

The Terrys question the way Mountain Valley obtained an easement through their land using eminent domain.

The company wants the Terrys to be fined and forced to pay the costs of delaying the project. It is also asking the judge to order U.S. Marshals to help remove the women from the trees.