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Eminent Domain

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.

“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.


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.


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…

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