Hearings on pipeline postponed

Published 7:00 pm Tuesday, August 4, 2015

BUCKINGHAM — A civil hearing in Buckingham Circuit Court regarding several suits filed by Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) LLC seeking to gain access to survey numerous parcels of property has been postponed.

The hearing was originally set for Wednesday at 1 p.m. There’s no word on a new date, according to the Buckingham Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.

Defendants Robert Calvin Day Jr., Beverly B. McQuary, Michael W. Huntley, Charles D. and Linda L. Chaffins, Mercedes A. and Jeffrey E. Villaman and Mary Ann and Richard Perkins Jr. are facing suits from the ACP.

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Most of the defendants own property along the recently adopted Wingina Alternate Route — one that Dominion and its other pipeline partners considered for months, now placing the proposed pipeline route near the Yogaville community.

Dominion is the lead partner of the joint venture seeking federal approval to construct a 42-inch natural gas pipeline through Buckingham, Cumberland and Prince Edward counties.

“Surveys are needed to gather environmental, historical and cultural information about the study corridor so that the ACP can choose which route would have the least impact,” a Dominion spokesman said in a June email to The Herald.

“Dominion must not be allowed to intimidate, buy and lie its way to the destruction of our way of life, our health and safety and our sacred property rights,” said Chad Oba, Friends of Buckingham’s co-chair, regarding the project.

A planned protest at the courthouse by FOB has also been postponed.