The Virginia Supreme Court is expected to decide in about 30 days on two cases heard yesterday (4/19), challenging a controversial state law that allows surveyors to enter private property without the owner’s consent.
The law has stirred strong opposition along the routes of two interstate pipeline projects in Virginia, Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Friends of Nelson County Spokesman Ernie Reed said, “This is just one piece of a very complex puzzle.”
Yesterday’s arguments involved an 83-year old widow in Augusta, and a property owner in Buckingham who contend the survey statute violates constitutional protections of private property and how homeowners should be informed.
Dominion Energy says they are convinced the court will affirm the ruling of almost a dozen other state and federal courts that have all said the statute is constitutional and they have a right to do the surveys.