Though Dominion Resources intended for its second open house event in Nelson County to be much like the first one held in September, those who attended had a few surprises in store at the Jan. 14 meeting.
Three separate times during the evening, groups in opposition of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline that would run about 35 miles through Nelson sang “We Don’t Want Your Pipeline” by Robin and Linda Williams and “We Shall Overcome.”
“We felt the songs would well-express our passion and solidarity in opposing the proposed pipeline,” said Free Nelson organizer Marion Kanour.
A self-described conservative, business-friendly Republican in the Virginia Senate hopes colleagues in the General Assembly will repeal an increasingly controversial state law that grants natural gas companies the right to access private property without an owner’s permission to study and survey the property, without compensation, for a possible pipeline route.
Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Augusta County, emphasized that he supports the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and believes it could add vital natural gas infrastructure.
In talking about ‘fracking’, oftentimes the industry tries to limit the discussion to the actual process of injecting liquid at high pressure into rock formations to extract gas. However, there is a broad network of infrastructure that is required to support that process, including storage facilities, compressor stations, metering stations, processing facilities, gathering lines, and intrastate and interstate pipelines. And regulatory oversight of those components falls to various local and federal agencies, if it is regulated at all. Very generally speaking, activities related to drilling fall under state authority while the federal government has oversight of interstate pipelines and associated facilities. And what that means for towns like Myersville is that while there is currently no fracking in Maryland, the natural gas boom has already negatively affected our community.
RICHMOND, Va. – Hundreds of Shenandoah Valley landowners are refusing to let Dominion survey for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The power company is suing about 50 property owners and says it will sue more.
Community organizers say the majority of landowners on the route in Augusta and Nelson Counties are refusing to give surveyors access to their land. Dominion has said it plans to take nearly 180 of them to court. Nancy Sorrells is co-chair of the Augusta County Alliance, a landowners group formed to oppose the pipeline. Continue reading Serious Pipeline Battle Brewing in the Shenandoah Valley→
Dominion Transmission, Duke Energy and other partners are trying to nail down the route of the 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline to transport fracked gas from the Marcellus Shale through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Many landowners have refused to let Dominion onto their land to survey for the pipeline. Sometimes, surveyors have even been caught trespassing without permission. Now, Dominion is playing hardball and taking landowners who won’t cooperate to court to get access to their land: