Atlantic Coast Pipeline sues Nelson County Board of Supervisors

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NELSON COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has sued the Nelson County Board of Supervisors.

Image from drone video of work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in West Virginia, taken by Ben Cunningham of the Pipeline Compliance Surveillance Initiative.

The lawsuit was filed in the Western District of Virginia's federal court after the county denied Dominion Energy's request to build the pipeline across waterways.

A few days later on Dec. 13, a federal appeals court vacated the pipeline's construction permits to cross two national forests and the Appalachian Trail along the pipeline's route.

Nelson County Supervisor Ernie Reed said Dominion's lawsuit has no standing.

"Given the fact that our floodplain ordinance denies the facilities in here, it actually gives us a really good standing against them."

In an emailed response, Dominion Energy said it is confident it will get the approvals the pipeline needs.

"The Nelson County BZA's denial of these floodplain permits is in direct conflict with FERC's decision, and we will vigorously challenge it in the courts," said Karl Neddenien, a Dominion spokesman.

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