Tag: Attorney General Mark Herring
Dear Attorney General Herring,
We are residents of Nelson County opposing Dominion's Atlantic Coast Pipeline and organized as a group called Free Nelson. As you might imagine, the current Virginia Legislative Session is of great interest to of us.
We attended the first meeting with Dominion representatives and the Nelson County Board of Supervisors on August 12 and felt dismayed to hear Dominion External Affairs Manager Emmett Toms threaten eminent domain fifteen minutes into a meeting that was to have been informational in nature. "Pin-dropping" silence would have been deafening in comparison to how the nearly 600 residents reacted. When interviewed after the meeting, Toms made arrogant, flip remarks, telling us to go home and put solar panels on our roofs. He also stated that they "would only use as much dynamite as they need" on our slopes. This was the beginning of Dominion's relationship with Nelson County.
Our open houses have been, frankly, less than informative. Representatives have given vague answers or no answers at all, when questioned about impact on water sources, construction on slopes damaged by more than 100 slides in 1969, and proximity to houses (they have told us that by law, they only need to be 50 ft from our homes). And when family members questioned the proposed route through an area where the bodies of some 17 residents were never recovered after the flood, they simply responded that they have a policy in place for dealing with human remains. They have knocked on residents' doors who have denied survey with veiled threats and served lawsuits on landowners at 9 o'clock at night. And as widely reported in the news, they have supplied incorrect maps and filed suits against landowners in error.