Atlantic Coast Pipeline files eminent domain lawsuit against Nelson County landowners

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NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WCAV) — The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has sued several landowners in Wintergreen to take their land under eminent domain.

This includes the owners of the Fenton Inn; a bed and breakfast located less than a mile from the entrance to Wintergreen Resort.

The proposed pipeline would cross Route 664 and run through a small corner of their 20-acre property.

The owners, Will and Lillia Fenton, said people come to their inn for peace and quiet, and an escape.

They are worried the pipeline would ruin that.

"They're aware that we're here but have made no offers to us as far as renting the place," said Will Fenton. "We're obviously concerned about business loss during this time."

In a statement to WHSV's sister station WCAV-TV in Charlottesville, Dominion Spokesman Aaron Ruby said taking land under eminent domain is a last resort.

Ruby said Dominion has been trying to reach fair agreements with the landowners for the last three years.

Besides a few more approvals, construction on the pipeline could begin as soon as the spring.