Protest on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- A group of protesters gathered in front of the Dominion building on Hydraulic Road Wednesday to protest the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Anger over the 554-mile proposed natural gas pipeline isn't diminishing as time goes by.

Friends of Nelson is a group formed to oppose Dominion's plans, and the protest was a way of keeping members' opposition to the project in the public eye.

"The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission who's responsible for permitting or denying this pipeline needs to really listen to what the citizens are saying, that these pipelines are not safe, that they're encroaching on our property rights, and that they are no solution to America's energy problems," said Joanna Salidis, president of Friends of Nelson.

Dominion spokesperson Jim Norvelle says the company is aware of the protests and notes that natural gas is cheaper than coal-fired electricity and produces about half the carbon emissions.

He says about one-third of Nelson residents in the pipeline's proposed path have granted permission for the company to survey.

Approximately 50 lawsuits filed against landowners are awaiting hearings in Nelson County.



 
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