Atlantic Coast Pipeline files legal actions against landowners

pipeline4Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC filed legal actions on Tuesday against 27 landowners in three Virginia counties among more than 100 landowners who could face legal action for refusing to give permission to survey along the proposed pipeline route.

The legal actions include 22 in Nelson, three in Augusta and two in Buckingham.

According to a statement issued by the company on Wednesday, most of the landowners are along recently adopted alternate routes in the counties in Virginia, especially Appalachian Trail South, which crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail about eight miles south of the initial proposed crossing.

Both the AT South and previously proposed route remain under consideration. Surveys are needed, according to the company statement, to gather environmental, historical and cultural information about the study corridor so that the ACP can choose which route would have the least impact.

More from the company statement:

These landowners have been steadfast in telling us they will not grant permission to survey regardless of the Virginia law that allows us to enter their property to survey once notifications are made as required by that law.  The company could send surveyors onto their land today, but the company reached out one more time to see if they would reconsider and allow surveying.  We notified them that if they did not grant us permission, we would file legal actions and ask the court to affirm the law.  We are now at the stage with these landowners.

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