Dominion meets the public over Atlantic Coast pipeline

Dominion Resources has proposed a controversial natural gas pipeline that will cut through parts of Nelson and Augusta County, Virginia.

Dominion held an open house this week at Nelson County High School to show residents the proposed plans, and to answer questions about the project.

Many residents have denied Dominion access to their land to survey for the pipeline. Dominion has responded by suing the landowners for access.

Also at the meeting were representatives of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who have to approve the pipeline in order for to be built.

Hundreds of people came to Nelson County High School to learn about the proposed natural gas pipeline. They spoke with representatives of the company proposing that project, Dominion Resources, and many made their voices heard in opposition.

Wednesday night's meeting was also the first time affected landowners have had the opportunity to talk with representatives from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that will have the final say on approving or denying the project.

Dominion is currently suing hundreds of landowners in Nelson and Augusta for not allowing the company on their land to survey for the project.

FERC says they are planning another community meeting for March, and will have that date on their website soon.

Dominion plans to officially file for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline this summer.

Last month, Dominion filed lawsuits against 20 Nelson landowners. Last week, another round of lawsuits were filed against an additional 39 landowners in the county.

Dominion officials have said they expect to file lawsuits against a total of 122 landowners in Nelson County for access to their property.

Edited from various sources by Elizabeth Corner

Sources: NBC 29NewsplexNewsAdvance

Published on 15/01/2015

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