Landowner Speaks Out After Sued by Dominion

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NELSON COUNTY, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- After moving into her current Nelson County home 13 years ago, Marge Feiner said it's where she planned to retire.

"I told my kids take me out of this house in a box," she said.

Feiner said finding the property was a dream come true. The view of pure greenery she has from her porch was just one of the characteristics that made the place so appealing.

"I can sit on my porch and see herons and geese and ducks and ospreys and the occasional bald eagle," she said. "It's exciting and it's lovely and it's what I wanted."

Feiner said it all now feels threatened.

Dominion wants to survey her land for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

She and 21 other Nelson County landowners are being sued by the energy company for access to survey their lands.

Dominion representative Frank Mack said the company is determined to find the route with the least environmental impact but would need to survey in order to do that.

Feiner said she's still not budging.

"I don't care," she said. "I don't want them in here. I don't really want them anywhere in Nelson County."

Mack said Virginia law allows them to survey the private land with or without permission, given that the company sent two letters of intent at least 15 days apart.

"We notified them that if they did not grant us permission, we would file legal actions and ask the court to affirm the law," he said in a statement. "We are now at the stage with these landowners."

"I'm not giving them permission. I'm not going to make it easy for them," Feiner maintained. "They can go ahead and sue me, I'm not afraid of them."

Feiner said her main goal at this point is to slow the project down in whatever way possible.

"As far as I'm concerned, the longer it takes them, and the harder it is for them to do, and the more it costs them, the better," she said.

Mack said the proposed pipeline route is along a 300-foot corridor, which would allow leeway in moving the pipeline to avoid negative impact on private property.

Dominion has also brought legal action against landowners in Buckingham and Augusta counties.

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