Whether it’s right to convey eminent domain powers to private companies is a question that deserves debate.
Owners in the path of a pipeline not only lost their land under eminent domain, but suffered as construction began even before they were paid for their land — even before a price had been set for their land. Such roughshod tactics violate the very essence of our nation’s foundational belief in private property.
An appellate court made short work Tuesday of a sweeping challenge of the federal government’s approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, dismissing 16 claims made by opponents.
If the county finds this land so necessary for public benefit; pay the people.
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case in which a group of landowners argued that their property was illegally taken through eminent domain laws for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
Long before Trump proposed a wall, the government's desire for a border fence set off lengthy court cases over government eminent domain claims, as the wall would pass through private property.
Two people face removal from trees because they are blocking the Mountain Valley Pipeline project near Elliston, a pipeline attorney said in court papers.
A group of landowners whose property was taken against their wishes for a natural gas pipeline is seeking relief from the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Politics is the art of the possible.” We’re reminded again of the value of practical results by this newspaper’s recent update on the unfinished Dewberry Hotel (“City faces limited options as Dewberry project progress stagnant,” online Oct. 13).
I almost cried at a press conference, watching a mother and her grown daughter explain the dramatic lengths they’d gone through to protect their property on Bent Mountain from the Mountain Valley Pipeline. If the pipeline is constructed, it will transport fracked natural gas from West Virginia to Virginia and perhaps North Carolina.
It was an outrageous abuse of eminent domain — followed by an even more outrageous Supreme Court decision upholding the practice.
ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE
Because the agreement only recently was reached, ACP has not yet determined a specific timeframe for when tree felling will start.
The company developing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on Friday sued the Wintergreen Property Owners Association for seven and a half acres of land for the 600-mile natural gas pipe.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the Dominion Energy-led consortium behind the 600-mile, roughly $5.5 billion natural gas project, has filed suit to compel 10 Virginia landowners to allow construction of the pipeline on their properties.
ATLANTIC COAST AND MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINES
The suit contends that eminent domain provisions of the Natural Gas Act violate Fifth Amendment constitutional protections.
WAYNESBORO — Officials of Dominion Resources said Thursday they are confident the final environmental impact statement on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will be approved by summer, and believe the overall project will get the final OK this fall.
Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, announced Friday the signing into law of five of his bills from the 2017 session.
Charlottesville’s proposed deal with Landmark Hotel developer John Dewberry has come in for some criticism. But it boils down to this: Do you want to be “right”? Or do you want to be effective?
Dominion argues that the pipeline is a federal issue, relying on federal law and certification before land could be condemned.
Starting in the late 1800s state and federal legislatures began delegating their sovereign eminent domain police powers to oil and gas pipeline companies. A growing nation needed a dependable supply of fossil fuels.
AFTON — In a scene resembling a church service, opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline gathered under a tent Sunday at the Rockfish Valley C…