Dominion Proposes Alternative Route Through Pocahontas County
Dominion Power announced Friday morning February 12, 2016 an alternative route for its proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). This alternative is due to the National Forest Service's rejection of the original proposal through ecologically-sensitive areas including endangered species.
SEE LINK TO MAP HERE. This is an ARCGIS Interactive Map. After opening up, zoom in multiple times, repositioning with your mouse map over the place you want a close look at. (thanks to Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition and Rick Webb for this!)
This new proposal cuts through a more extensive swath of private property including Linwood near the base of Snowshoe. It still cuts through national forest lands and Seneca State Forest. In neighboring Bath County, Virginia, the route is on "swiss cheese" karst.
Property owners can refuse access to surveyors, according to a court ruling in Monroe County, WV. We urge property owners to NOT sign any papers without consultation with a knowledgeable lawyer. Contact Appalachian Mountain Advocates for information on legal consultation
Eight Rivers Council and other groups are tentively planning public meetings at Linwood Library soon after the draft Enivironmental Impact Statement is released scheduled for December 2016. Stay tuned.
According to a West Virginia Supreme Court ruling, you do not have to permit Dominion to conduct surveys on your land. Appalachian Mountain Advocates won against a lawsuit brought by EQT that would have forced landowners to allow surveyors for the Mountain Valley Pipeline on their land. Appalmad represented the landowners at no charge.
Pipeline companies – EQT or ACP – will not have the right to eminent domain unless or until the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approves their application.
Even if you decide to grant a right of way on your property, you should have a lawyer approve the agreement before you sign. Or if you fight the right of way and the pipeline company takes it to court under eminent domain, you should also have a lawyer. Lawyers who are familiar with oil and gas issues will know how to make sure you are protected from things that wouldn’t occur to you, and they will negotiate the best possible deal. The way this works is that you pay nothing up front, and the lawyer takes a percentage of what you get, which is usually much more than you would be offered. You can contact potential lawyers and ask what their percentage would be.
Some lawyers who have experience with these issues and are on your side are:
Appalachian Mountain Advocates 304-645-9006
David McMahon 304-415-4288 firstname.lastname@example.org
William Thurman 304-473-1900 email@example.com
CLICK the Map above (or HERE) for a much more detailed map of the proposed alternative route. The Red is the route recently rejected by the USFS. The blue is the new route.