Landowners seeking relief from the U.S. Supreme Court on the Mountain Valley Pipeline

The United States Supreme Court has been asked to hear an eminent domain case regarding the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline. A group of landowners are appealing the dismissal of their lawsuit filed last year in Roanoke’s federal court. The lawsuit seeks to challenge the way pipelines use the Natural Gas Act to condemn private land for a public use. “Among the constitutional questions raised is whether eminent domain, a power normally invoked by governmental bodies for projects such as highways and power lines, should be awarded to a private company in pursuit of profits.” The U.S. Supreme Court only takes on approximately 80 out of the 8000 cases that get filed each year. It is uncertain whether the court will agree to take this case.

-Juan Abad, Laura Hoey & Mark Short