Travis Geary (far left) and his family have owned farmland in Augusta County since the 1970s.
By Shelby Mertens | VirginiaFreeCitizen.com
Earlier this month Dominion Power announced its plans to construct a 550-mile natural gas pipeline that would run through parts of West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. While those in support of the pipeline say that it will create jobs, increase state tax revenue and lower energy prices, local landowners fear their property rights are at stake.
If the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves the pipeline, Dominion will be legally allowed to use eminent domain or easements to acquire private properties that fall in the route of the pipeline, according to Travis Geary, co-chair of the Augusta County Alliance, a group of citizens who formed in opposition to the pipeline. Geary said his family’s farmland in Augusta County would be directly affected if the pipeline were built.
“It’s actually going to hit my parents farm, my uncle’s farm and my brother’s farm right down the road,” Geary said. Continue reading