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Yes to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, No to Eminent Domain

September 26, 2014

On Sept. 2 a plan was officially unveiled to build a $5 billion, 550-mile gas pipeline through West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.

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On Sept. 2 a plan was officially unveiled to build a $5 billion, 550-mile gas pipeline through West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would originate in gas-rich Harrison County, West Virginia, run in a northwest to southeast direction to Greensville County, Virginia, and then south into eastern North Carolina. Dominion Resources is forming a joint venture with Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, and AGL Resources to build and own the pipeline. Construction is expected to create over 8,000 jobs, and about 217 jobs will be needed to maintain the pipeline. However, there is one problematic aspect of the project, the possibility that eminent domain will be used to seize property from landowners along Dominion's preferred route that do not wish to the pipeline to be built on their land.

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Bonner R. Cohen is a senior fellow with the National Center for Public Policy Research, a position he has held since 2002.
bcohen@nationalcenter.org