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Court allows pipeline surveyors onto private land in Virginia

By Staff, wire report

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the company developing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in a lawsuit against a woman who sought to keep surveyors off her property.

Hazel Palmer owns land in Virginia’s Augusta County along the route of the proposed natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina. The company went to court after she refused to allow surveys.

She argued that because the company is organized under Delaware law, a Virginia law allowing surveying privileges shouldn’t apply.

The court disagreed and ruled Thursday that Palmer’s property rights don’t allow her to exclude the surveyors.

Palmer’s attorney couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

In a West Virginia case involving a different pipeline, the state Supreme Court blocked surveyors from entering private property without the permission of the landowners. Earlier this year, lawmakers declined to pass industry-backed legislation aimed at overturning that decision.

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