Dominion and Duke Energy will use eminent domain to take private property from landowners along the 600-mile route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. In a new video from the Southern Environmental Law Center we hear the comments of C’ta DeLaurier, one of the people in the path of the pipeline. “This is just a land grab for a privately owned utility,” says DeLaurier. As the video reminds us, “Dominion and Duke Energy shareholders are guaranteed a 14% rate of return on their investment in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline from the federal government. This amount of guaranteed money isn’t available anywhere – not even on Wall Street.”
Watch the video: Path of the Pipeline. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will not just destroy the land and water in its crosscut – it will also disrupt the lives and businesses of people living along the 600 mile planned route of the pipeline. Hazel Palmer’s land in Lyndhurst, Virginia has been in her family for over a century. Now, it’s in the path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
“Twenty-four of the 25 counties that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) would impact are below the median income level for their state. These low income counties will suffer further if the pipeline is constructed, through lowered property values, reduced revenue to local governments, and reduced tourism.
“Here is an example of economic hardship from the ACP even before it is built. We have an elderly neighbor and friend who recently lost his wife. His health is in decline, and he needs to pay for additional care at this time. His meager savings are being rapidly depleted, and he would like to sell his small piece of property to keep from going bankrupt. His property is in the blast zone of the ACP, virtually eliminating any chance of him being able to sell it. No one is going to buy property near the pipeline with so many other properties available elsewhere.
“Dominion and their tail-wagging Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) have stated that property values will not be negatively impacted by the ACP, that local economies will prosper and that jobs will be created.
“The truth is that property values have already fallen significantly, and will fall precipitously if the pipeline is built.
“Local economies will suffer, and few jobs will be created. Even Dominion and FERC admit that only 39 permanent jobs would be created in Virginia, and 25 of them would be in Richmond, leaving only 14 jobs in the impacted communities. No permanent jobs would be created in Western Virginia. Other jobs will likely be lost due to the pipeline, leaving a net loss. Temporary construction jobs will be filled mostly with out-of-state workers who will send their money home.
“I believe that the ACP is intentionally aimed at low-income communities because they are more vulnerable, and less able to resist a corporate attack. Dominion can seize their property more easily than in more affluent areas. This is typical predator behavior, and this will be the legacy of the ACP if it is built as proposed. We should not tolerate this in America.”
Now available! Listen up! Episode 1 of the new End of the Line podcast series: Done Deal?
The pilot episode presents the question that landowners along the routes of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline have been facing every day for nearly three years: are these pipelines really a “done deal?” How are residents fighting against them? Can they win? It traces the beginning of the current pipeline struggles to central and southwestern Virginia, uncovering connections between the MVP and the ACP. It looks back to the early 2000s, when Dominion lost the proposed Greenbrier Pipeline — an almost identical pipeline to the currently proposed MVP. Organizer Mara Robbins tells how Floyd County was able to get the MVP re-routed away from their county in the fall of 2014. Also on this episode are Sharon Ponton, Ernie Reed, Connie Brennan, Carolyn Reilly, and Mike Carter. Music by Restroy and Lobo Marino.
Friends of Nelson now has a Landowner Assistance Team to help you. You can call if you need help finding a lawyer, to let us know about interactions with Dominion or any of Dominion’s contractors or representatives, to share information about the easements you are offered, to find out about route changes on your land. And please keep us informed and aware of anything that happens related to your property. Call 434-260-3299 and leave a message and your phone number – someone from Friends of Nelson will respond quickly.