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 project that was fought in dozens of communities and by environmental groups across the Commonwealth. So Dominion’s decision in July to abruptly cancel the project caught everyone by surprise. And it raised immediate questions about what this meant for all the property it acquired, much of it under threat of condemnation. Would Dominion return the property? Would it claw back money it had paid out? Would it restore land it had already cleared and trenched?
For the answers to these questions, the Washington Post and The Virginia Mercury turned for answers to the attorneys at Waldo & Lyle who represented hundreds of property owners in their battle with Dominion.
Read what Joe Waldo, Josh Baker and Steve Clarke said by following these links.