Chickahominy Pipeline held a virtual public meeting this month to try to address concerns by landowners about the pipeline going through their properties. Beth Minear, a company spokeswoman, said at that meeting that the company had not done a good job with outreach about the proposal.
The company began sending letters to property owners in the summer, and government officials along the route said they had little to no information about the proposal.
“I’m delighted, but not surprised, with the ruling,” said Lynn Peace Wilson of Henrico County, who owns property in New Kent County along the proposed pipeline route and is worried about the health of the Chickahominy River if it’s built. “From a vigilant citizen’s perspective, I count on the SCC to scrutinize complicated business and energy situations within the context of Virginia law.”
The Southern Environmental Law Center issued a news release praising the decision.
“Since 2019, Charles City County residents have been demanding more accountability and transparency because we believe that communities should be able to protect themselves from dangerous infrastructure like this pipeline and the gas plant it is intended to feed,” said Wanda Roberts, a member of the group Concerned Citizens of Charles City County.