Yesterday while speaking to a legislator about trespass and abuse by dog hunters, I was told they were getting more complaints. We both agreed violence was about to break out if the general assembly didn’t do their jobs and repeal the so called right to retrieve.
This morning I read where the courts have given pipeline surveyors the green light to enter private property under a simular law.
While there are efforts to block access using nonviolent means, one has to wonder just who or what will light the fuse to an old fashioned range war.
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CHRISTIANSBURG — Foes of the Mountain Valley Pipeline project suffered a setback Monday when a circuit court judge found that a controversial state law that allows natural gas companies to survey private property without an owner’s permission is not unconstitutional.
property for surveying even if its owner has denied permission as long as the company has followed the statute’s notification requirements.
The judge said temporary access for surveying does not represent an unconstitutional “taking” of property without compensation.
The law in question “takes away the criminal aspect of trespass, something the Virginia legislature has the right to do,” he said.
Two pipeline surveyors were recently charged in Franklin County with misdemeanor trespass after an Aug. 10 confrontation with a property owner.
Those cases remain active, according to court records. Interim Franklin County Commonwealth’s Attorney Cooper Brown declined to comment Monday. But he was quoted last week by the Franklin News-Post as saying he planned to prosecute the cases because the relevant statute did not address how to respond if a landowner specifically denies permission for entry.
Officials in Franklin and Roanoke counties have expressed concern that confrontations between property owners and surveyors could lead to tragic consequences. Mountain Valley has said its survey crews will leave if asked to do so, in person, by a property owner. But an email earlier this month to Roanoke County from Shawn Posey, project manager for the pipeline project, reported that surveyors “would leave the property respectfully if the landowner became physical or belligerent.”
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