VA, WV Landowners Sue FERC re Pipelines, Seek to Gut Natural Gas Act

A group of 57 gentry landowners in Virginia and West Virginia, backed by an out-of-state Big Green group, have just sued the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in an attempt to gut the 80-year old Natural Gas Act that gives FERC the right to grant eminent domain for pipeline projects. Specifically, the colluding landowners oppose Dominion’s $5 billion, 594-mile natural gas pipeline that will stretch from West Virginia through Virginia and into North Carolina, and EQT’s $3.5 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline project, a 303-mile pipeline that will run from Wetzel County, WV to the Transco Pipeline in Pittsylvania County, VA. The frivolous lawsuit filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (full copy below) claims the landowners’ property is a “taking” not properly compensated under the U.S. Constitution–even though landowners are paid and they can continue to use their land as they see fit, as long as they don’t put a building overtop the pipeline. Here’s the latest on Big Green’s effort to oppose every square inch of new natural gas pipelines anywhere, including in the Marcellus/Utica…

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