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Atlantic Coast Pipeline sues Virginia county over zoning

LOVINGSTON, Va. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has sued a Virginia county over a zoning decision, in an attempt to move the project forward.

The Lynchburg News & Advance reports that the Dec. 6 lawsuit filed against Nelson County is the first time the pipeline has sued a locality during the years-long approval process.

The lawsuit was filed three days after Nelson County’s Board of Zoning Appeals denied the company’s variance requests for floodplain crossings. The lawsuit seeks a judgment stating the Natural Gas Act pre-empts the county’s floodplain ordinance.

A statement from the pipeline’s lead partner, Dominion Energy, said they had no choice but to turn to federal court.

Nelson County Supervisor Jesse Rutherford says the lawsuit doesn’t come as a surprise. The county has yet to appoint legal counsel.

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Information from: The News & Advance, http://www.newsadvance.com/

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