- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

LOVINGSTON, Va. (AP) - The controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline has won its latest legal battle with landowners along its proposed path.

The News & Advance in Lynchburg reports (https://bit.ly/2iOkgCb) that a judge on Tuesday overruled a challenge to block land surveyors in Nelson County. That means the matter will proceed to a routine court hearing in February to review the surveyors’ right to enter 35 properties.

The landowners had claimed that Dominion Resources failed to properly comply with a state statute requiring notice. But the judge disagreed.

The proposed 600-mile pipeline would carry natural gas and serve public utilities in Virginia and North Carolina, including Dominion and Duke Energy. Dominion spokesman Aaron Ruby said more than 90 percent of homeowners have granted surveyors permission and that 95 percent of surveying work is complete.

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