There is much controversy and many misconceptions circulating about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and Dominion Resources’ use of eminent domain against landowners. Below are some of the most common myths.

Myths Facts
Dominion will not use eminent domain to take people’s property. Dominion officials have publicly acknowledged they will use eminent domain against any owner who chooses not to sell.
Dominion cannot build the ACP without eminent domain because a single “hold out” would kill the project. There are many examples of large energy projects being built without eminent domain. Because pipelines do not need to go straight, be laid flat, or connect specific localities, Dominion has plenty of flexibility to route around landowners who chose not to sell.
Landowners will receive monthly lease payments and free gas for life. Landowners will receive a one-time, lump-sum payment determined by Dominion. Furthermore, landowners will not even be able to pay for access to the gas carried by the ACP.
Dominion will compensate people fairly for their land – the law protects landowners. The law permits Dominion to take land before the owner is paid or his case is heard by a judge. Also, victims of eminent domain are systematically subjected to extreme low-ball offers. Even if landowners do successfully challenge these offers in court, they still cannot recover their extensive legal costs.
Virginia’s 2012 constitutional amendment will protect people from eminent domain abuse. Dominion plans to sidestep the protections guaranteed to landowners by the Virginia constitution by suing them in federal court.
If Dominion tried to purchase easements from willing landowners, the project would be too expensive. Savings realized from avoiding the many lawsuits eminent domain will produce would more than offset any additional costs associated with negotiating purchases from willing sellers.
The pipeline is underground. You won’t even know it is there. Although the ACP will be buried, landowners still face many ongoing hardships: continued property tax liability, physical destruction of the land, extensive land-use restrictions, reduced farmland productivity, and devaluation of remaining property to name a few.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is necessary for the “public good.” The ACP will not serve the counties it is routed through. Over 90% of the gas is bound for other markets. Also, because it is a high-pressure pipeline, the cost of installing a tap for local access would be over $1.5 million, which Dominion will not finance.