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Deerfield Amends Claim Against Federal Government to Include Department of Energy

Ferc_doesnt_workBy Fred Contrada, Mass Live

DEERFIELD — The town has amended its claim against the federal government concerning the Tennessee Gas Pipeline to include the U.S. Department of Energy as a defendant.

The original claim filed by Conway attorney Cristobal Bonifaz, who is representing Deerfield pro bono, names only the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. It argues that a 2005 amendment to the Natural Gas Act violates the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution and should not be allowed to sanction private land-takings by FERC. Continue reading Deerfield Amends Claim Against Federal Government to Include Department of Energy

Nelson County Residents Ask Judge to Keep Dominion Off Their Property

The 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline would run from West Virginia to North Carolina. Its proposed route includes about 35 miles of Nelson County.
The 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline would run from West Virginia to North Carolina. Its proposed route includes about 35 miles of Nelson County.

By Rachael Smith, News & Advance

The fate of a lawsuit filed by five Nelson County residents against Dominion Transmission remains unknown after a Thursday morning hearing in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg.

The lawsuit, filed in September, asks the court to declare unconstitutional a Virginia statute relevant to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Section 56-49.01 of the Virginia Code allows natural gas companies to survey private property as long as previous notification has been served.

Dominion asked the court in November to dismiss the suit, and that request is what Thursday’s arguments focused on.

On one side of the court room sat mostly Dominion representatives scattered in the pews, on the opposite side sat Nelson County residents who filled every inch of the section. Continue reading Nelson County Residents Ask Judge to Keep Dominion Off Their Property

Cove Point Opponents Strategize Legal Battle

By Sarah Fleischman, Calvert Recorder

Two out-of-state lawyers encouraged those living near Dominion Cove Point Wednesday evening to adapt their approach to opposing the controversial expansion of the plant by focusing on the everyday nuisances associated with the project, which is currently under construction.

During a Wednesday meeting of Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community at Southern Community Center, attorneys Richard Middleton of Savannah, Ga., and Charlie Speer of Kansas City, Mo., told the group of about 40 people about their experience in nuisance lawsuits from those neighboring commercial activities.

Speer asserted that he and Middleton attended the meeting not to receive new clients, but to learn more about Cove Point and to teach residents about their legal options. Speer left his position at a large legal firm in favor of representing people affected by industrial activities, such as hog farming. Continue reading Cove Point Opponents Strategize Legal Battle