A consortium of four major gas pipeline companies has arrived at an agreement in which one pipeline will traverse West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. This pipeline is intended to move fracked gas from West Virginia to the southeast.
The pipeline will have major affects on land use. One can fully expect that people like Joe Waldo, the outstanding Virginia lawyer, and eminent domain attorneys in North Carolina and Virginia will be kept busy with this pipeline.
Norvelle said 72 percent of landowners agreed to let Dominion survey their property for the line.
He added Dominion only uses eminent domain when they have to. Ninety-five percent of the time, Dominion does not use eminent domain, which would allow a utility to run through a person’s private property without their consent.
“If we need to get eminent domain, that’s way down the road,” Norvelle said.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin stated in a press release that he appreciates Dominion’s continued investment in the region and looks forward to capitalizing on the state’s abundant supply of natural gas.
“We continue to be optimistic about the existing and future opportunities this industry brings to the Mountain State, and today’s announcement by Dominion has the potential to create good-paying jobs for our hard-working men and women,” Tomblin said. “West Virginia is proud to continue its legacy as an energy-producing state and help create energy independence for our country.”
Virginia and North Carolina governors also voiced support for the project Tuesday.
Norvelle said three compressor stations will be built for the pipeline: one in West Virginia near the start of the pipeline; one in central Virginia in Buckingham County; and one to be determined later near the Virginia-North Carolina border.
The pipeline will flow southeast from Harrison County through Virginia with an extension to Chesapeake, Virginia, and then south through central North Carolina to Robeson County.
The four companies have 20-year contracts to be consumers of the pipeline. PSNG Energy also plans to have a 20-year consumer contract.