- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed lawsuits by Virginia landowners who turned away a survey team for a proposed natural gas pipeline.

U.S. District Judge Elizabeth K. Dillon ruled late Wednesday in favor of the builders of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Virginia attorney general’s office. She concluded that a landowner can’t exclude a utility from entering a property for the purpose of conducting a survey.

The lawsuit was filed by Nelson County landowners.

Dominion Resources Inc. is partnering with Duke Energy and others to build the 550-mile pipeline. It would deliver natural gas from Marcellus shale drilling fields to the Southeast.

The $5 billion pipeline would run from West Virginia, through Virginia and into North Carolina.

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