On November 16, 2017, the Charlotte Observer reported that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is ready to start seizing private property early next year to start construction on the 600-mile ACP, beginning legal condemnation proceedings against holdout property owners as soon as it has received all state and federal permits.
In late October, the Mountain Valley Pipeline sued landowners to gain pipeline easements through eminent domain. On November 16, 2017, a federal judge slowed MVP’s effort to fast-track one of two lawsuits against hundreds of landowners seeking to use eminent domain to gain easements for construction over the more than 300-mile route across West Virginia and Virginia. Judge John Copenhaver indicated “he is going to press MVP attorneys to personally serve all of the landowners with the lawsuits against them, and demand detailed explanations if the company ultimately says it couldn’t find all of the owners and wanted to rely on a public notice in the newspaper instead. ‘The court wants these people located,’ Copenhaver said. ‘The court is expecting due process.'”
Most of the landowners on the ACP route in Nelson County have legal representation. If you do not, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will give you the information you need to protect yourself and your land. (And please take a look at our Eminent Domain page.) We will continue to stand up and support and back up landowners threatened by the ACP. This is not a done deal. We are still here and ready to help!