Join your neighbors and friends who are unwilling to let the Atlantic Coast Pipeline lower your property values. Dominion Resource's shareholder value must not override the rights of property owners.
Signing this petition joins you with a group of Nelson County and Augusta County property owners who intend to join a class action lawsuit seeking damages to property values if Dominion Resources builds the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, as proposed, through Nelson County and Augusta County, Virginia.
By signing this petition, you encourage Dominion to seek alternative routes, such as that along I-64 that uses co-location with existing utility easements. With this move to I-64, Dominion would be increasing the co-location percentage from a current meager 6% to a more respectable 19%, though still far below the national average of 50%.
Your signature is non-binding, and, if it is necessary to file a class action lawsuit seeking damages, there will be no legal costs to property owners.
This petition demonstrates to Dominion that their proposed route may impose a heavier-than-anticipated financial burden, sending a strong message that the route should be relocated.
Once the petition gains signatures, the following letter will be sent to Dominion and individually to each of its board members:
Dear Dominion Resources and Board of Directors:
Citizens of Nelson and Augusta Counties are outraged that the current Atlantic Coast Pipeline's planned route avoids existing utility easements and easily accessible routes paralleling interstates to unnecessarily wrangle land from private citizens, jeopardizing their farms, businesses, and homes. Accordingly, if Dominion Energy chooses to build the ACP through our two counties, we the undersigned commit to join a class action lawsuit naming Dominion Energy and Dominion Energy board members as defendants, and to seek damages to our property values in counties that will be affected by this brazen affront to property rights.
This land-grab affects thousands of citizens. Real estate experts report that real estate values have softened in these areas simply because of the possibility of a pipeline. We feel confident that should it be built, we can easily prove loss of value to land in our affected counties.
Should the proposed route be used, this petition and its subsequent contact information will be expeditiously provided to a major class action attorney to name Dominion Energy and Dominion Energy's Board of Directors as defendants. With over a billion dollars of property affected,it is unlikely your D&O insurance will be sufficient to hold all directors harmless.
Ideally, Dominion will do the right thing and simply relocate the pipeline along Interstate 64 and then, at mile-marker 107, proceed southeast along existing Dominion utility easements. This has been thoroughly outlined in a proposal that Friends of Wintergreen and other groups have filed with FERC. This would take the ACP from its current co-location percentage of 6% to 19%, still far below the national average of 50%.
Please encourage your fellow directors to do what is fair and just to private property owners and use the already established I64/utility easements.
Citizens of Nelson and Augusta Counties, Virginia