Fed Judge Tosses VA Landowner Lawsuit to Stop Pipeline Surveys

gavelOne reason why it takes so long to build a pipeline is the litigation necessary to make it happen. In September 2014, Dominion committed full force to building a 550-mile, $5 billion natural gas pipeline that will run from West Virginia, through Virginia and into North Carolina (see Dominion Commits to Major New Marcellus/Utica Pipeline Project). The project, called the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, will transport Marcellus and Utica Shale gas to the southeast. In November 2014, Dominion asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin an environmental review of the project (see Dominion Asks FERC to Start Environmental Review of SE Pipeline). In order to do a proper review and to finalize plans for the route, Dominion surveyors need to get on property of landowners in Virginia, some of whom blocked access–so Dominion had to sue them to gain access (see Dominion Sues VA Landowners to Allow Survey for Pipeline). Virginia landowners in Nelson and Augusta counties counter-sued to block Dominion and on Wednesday, a federal judge dismissed the landowners’ lawsuits, clearing the way for Dominion to enter their properties and complete survey work…

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