At a hearing on September 11, 2017, Franklin County Circuit Court Judge William Alexander granted the injunction sought by Mountain Valley to prohibit interference with their surveying of Four Corners Farm in Franklin County. The family that owns and operates the farm, David and Betty Werner, their daughter, Carolyn Reilly, and her husband, Ian Reilly, have been repelling surveyors since May of 2016.
The judge said, “I think this whole statute is a legislative failure, frankly,” but that he felt compelled to enforce it.
Surveying will likely be over three days next week.
“The bottom line for me is that money talks,” Carolyn Reilly said. “It’s another win for money.”
Read the full Roanoke Times article about the hearing.