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.
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→