Property owners seek to block West Virginia pipeline surveys

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A proposed natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Southside Virginia is running into opposition.

Media reports say families in West Virginia’s Summers and Monroe counties have filed suit to stop surveying of their properties for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline.

The families contend the project does not have a “public use” and is not eligible to use West Virginia’s eminent domain law to force residents to allow the surveys.

The pipeline would stretch about 300 miles from northwestern West Virginia to Virginia’s Pittsylvania County.

The developers say that the pipeline would help carry abundant natural gas supplies from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations to the Southeast.

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