Nelson County landowners in court to fight pipeline survey lawsuits

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LOVINGSTON, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Several people were in court in Nelson County Wednesday to fight lawsuits brought against by Dominion Resources and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Protesters met outside the courthouse in Lovingston, calling Dominion a bully.

Dominion and the ACP have sued dozens of landowners in Nelson County to get access to their land so employees can survey for the proposed pipeline.

Richard Averitt is one of the landowners who has been sued, and he says he moved to Nelson County 12 years ago to have a quiet place to live with his family.

He says he's worried the pipeline will ruin that.

"We are going to fight this thing in every way that we can," said Averitt. "We think that until the time that Dominion can demonstrate both that there is a public need and that there's no other way to build this pipeline without stealing the land of Virginia citizens, they have no right on my property and I don't intend to let them there."

Dominion officials say Virginia law allows them to survey for pipelines even without the permission of the landowner.

They say the surveys will help them avoid sensitive areas.

The federal government is still weighing whether or not it will approve the pipeline project.



 
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