Friends of Nelson has released a statement to the press regarding the legal response of Nelson County landowners to the lawsuits filed against them by Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC. Legal counsel for these Nelson County families has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuits, based on the fact that (1) Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the party that is suing the landowners in question, did not send any notices of intent to enter for surveying (the notices were sent by Dominion Transmission, which is a wholly separate corporation) and thus has no right to access landowner property, and (2) the survey statute is unconstitutional under the Virginia constitution.
NBC 29 covered the story, Nelson Co. Families Fighting Pipeline Lawsuit, on January 23rd: “Landowners in Nelson County are pushing back against Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC for trying to survey their land for the Dominion natural gas pipeline…. Five Nelson Co. couples are filing motions to dismiss a lawsuit from ACP. The company is suing landowners who won’t give them permission to survey their land for the pipeline project. Landowners say Dominion sent notices to survey their land, but ACP did not. Therefore, they argue ACP doesn’t have the right to sue them. ‘There are many, many impacts that this pipeline will have, not just to our particular piece of land but to the county in general,’ said Corry Andrews, Nelson Co. landowner. ‘We feel very comfortable fighting it legally, and with any means that we can at this point.’ Landowners also say the survey statute is unconstitutional because it allows for taking private property without providing any compensation.”
To read the Friends of Nelson Press Release in full, please visit our Press Releases page.