Lawsuit on Surveying Private Property Heard by Judge in Charlottesville

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- A federal judge in Charlottesville is considering whether or not to throw out a lawsuit that's trying to stop Dominion Resources from going onto people's property to survey for a natural gas pipeline.

Judge Elizabeth Dillon heard arguments from both sides Tuesday regarding the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The suit addresses a state law that allows natural gas companies to go onto private property to survey without the permission of the landowner.

Landowners say the law is unconstitutional, but Dominion is asking to have the suit thrown out.

The attorney representing the homeowners, Neal Walters, says this is all about private property.

"All of our clients came to Nelson, got large parcels of property, most of them, I think all of them are retired. It was so they could have quiet, rural places to go and be away from everything," said Walters. "So it's really about that right. The right to say 'this is my private property, you can't come on it unless I tell you it's OK.'"

Dillon did not make a decision on the case Tuesday, and she did not give a timeline for when that decision will come out.

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