Mountain Valley Pipe Tweaks Route, Asks VA Judge for Eminent Domain

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Attorneys for holdout landowners along the path of Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) are using MVP’s willingness to tweak the route of the pipeline to avoid certain areas, against it. Yes, try to work WITH folks–and they turn around and use it against you. MVP is a $3.5 billion, 303-mile pipeline that will run from Wetzel County, WV to the Transco Pipeline in Pittsylvania County, VA. In October, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave final approval for the project (see FERC Approves Atlantic Coast, Mountain Valley Pipeline Projects). In early November, the West Virginia Dept. of Environmental Protection gave the project its approval (see WVDEP Reverses, Waives Water Permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline). And in December, the Virginia Water Control Board voted to approve the project (see Virginia Water Board Approves Mountain Valley Pipe – Antis Erupt). So it should be clear sailing for MVP–except for some 15% of holdout landowners along the pipeline’s route who refuse to sign easements. MVP has taken them to court, asking a federal judge for permission to use eminent domain to gain access to those properties. But the holdouts’ lawyers are saying continued tweaks to the pipeline route are evidence MVP doesn’t know what the heck it wants and who to “condemn” with eminent domain–and that’s enough reason for the judge to refuse granting blanket condemnation for eminent domain…

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