State Supreme Court will not hear MVP land surveys appeal

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Supreme Court of Virginia has opted not to hear an appeal related to a surveying law that had enraged landowners in the path of a natural gas pipeline.

The Roanoke Times reports that, following the high court's decision Monday, Mountain Valley Pipeline contractors can return to conduct survey work in Franklin County despite the lack of consent from landowners who last year denied access to surveyors.

The law allows natural gas companies to enter private property without an owner's permission as long as the company has followed notification procedures outlined in the statute. In August, a Giles County judge had rejected an argument that the law provided for an unconstitutional "taking" of property without compensation.

The planned 301-mile long pipeline would transport natural gas from fracking drill fields through West Virginia before connecting to another pipeline in Pittsylvania County.

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