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Gas pipeline developers suing hundreds of landowners

November 3, 2017
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Developers of a proposed natural gas pipeline are suing hundreds of landowners to gain rights of way granted by federal regulations.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Thursday that Mountain Valley Pipeline lawyers have filed federal court complaints in Charleston , West Virginia and Roanoke , Virginia to obtain easements through eminent domain rights.

The pipeline would extend south for 195 miles (315 kilometers) in north-central West Virginia through 11 counties to the Virginia state line, and nearly 110 miles (175 kilometers) through six counties in Virginia.

Pipeline lawyers say in both complaints acquiring easements through condemnation is necessary as developers have been unable to negotiate agreements with the landowners.

Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. ordered developers on Wednesday to submit a report by Nov. 8 detailing how each landowner was served the lawsuit.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail,



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