In 2014, in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia, Dominion Resources — a publicly-traded natural gas and utility company — announced plans for a $5 Billion-dollar 550-mile natural gas pipeline. Dominion Resources’ Atlantic Coast Pipeline (formerly the Southeast Reliability Project) promises to supply West Virginia-sourced natural gas to commercial customers in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Portsmouth, Virginia. Dominion Resources has indicated it intends to use the power of eminent domain to acquire private land for the project, and that it intends to route the pipeline through the George Washington National Forest, Augusta County, Virginia, and Nelson County, Virginia.
The first steps to the process have begun. Dominion Transmission Inc. began surveying private property and the GW Forest route for its pipeline in fall 2014. After its surveying work is completed, likely in spring 2015 Dominion will send condemnation award letters to landowners whose land will be condemned for the pipeline construction. If you receive communication from Dominion Resources, or Dominion Transmission Inc. concerning condemnation of all or part of your land for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, I am confident I can assist you in responding to Dominion in a way that protects your investment and your heritage.
Chris Okay, Attorney at Law
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