Perplexing pipeline questions

Perplexing Pipeline Questions August 4, 2020 Dominion Energy invested more than five years and $3 billion on the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline in an effort to connect Virginia’s urban crescent to natural gas fields in West Virginia. A favorable ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in June seemed to be the last hurdle for a…

Turning the tables on VDOT

Turning the tables on VDOT March 28, 2020 MATHEWS COUNTY, VA. — It took five years, but a family-owned convenience store in the heart of Mathews County borrowed a page from VDOT’s condemnation playbook to save its business. By not giving up, Hyco Market owner Brian Lewis and his family drove up the cost of…

High Court 2nd Guesses Chesapeake

High Court 2nd Guesses Chesapeake March 28, 2020 CHESAPEAKE — The city’s decision to cripple a waterfront commercial project planned for Great Bridge has wound its way up to the Virginia Supreme Court. At issue is whether the city had the right to take away — without paying for it — one of the two…

Defending a good name

Feb. 2, 2020 CHESAPEAKE — Every year or two, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers warned the Peterson family against building new doctors’s offices on their commercial corner at the entrance to the Deep Creek Bridge. Every few years, the Petersons asked the same question and got the same assurances.  The Corps promised a fair…

Broken VDOT Promises

UPDATE: Judge makes VDOT keep its word A Mathews County judge has ordered VDOT to keep its promise to end a “nightmare” parking problem it created for a property owner. WAVY-10 originally reported on the dispute and covered its conclusion. https://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/beach-battle-verdict-limits-parking-on-gwynn-s-island/1325873085     What good is the word of the Commonwealth of Virginia? Not very…

Kelo balked at bullying

Is your home your castle? Like so many Americans, Suzette Kelo thought so. Then her dreams collided with local politicians who condemned it then turned it over to a big drug company promising millions in taxes. Kelo took her fight to the Supreme Court and lost. But her battle sparked a nationwide political revolt against…

Owners Counsel Elects Baker

February 4, 2018 Waldo & Lyle is pleased to announce the election of Joshua E. Baker as Virginia’s Representative for Owners Counsel of America, an exclusive national organization of eminent domain attorneys.   Baker, who has practiced for 12 years with Waldo & Lyle, has been named as the Virginia member of the Owners Counsel…

MVP Pipeline Halted

January 31, 2018 Arguments by a Waldo & Lyle attorney have helped persuade a judge to delay the construction of 300 miles of the Mountain Valley Pipeline through Southwest Virginia. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Dillon blocks the entry of the utility company to start timber cutting and clearing on onto the…

Haste on Pipeline

Even as the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) grinds into action through western Virginia, vigilant Waldo & Lyle attorneys have planted doubts in the mind of a federal judge about the competence of the utility’s planning. Attorney Stephen Clarke spotlighted avoidable mistakes in the plans for the the natural gas pipeline in a two day hearing…