"No Pipeline!" rally at Virginia General Assembly

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RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV) - Dozens of activists headed to the General Assembly in Richmond on Tuesday to address lawmakers.

Groups from areas where several pipelines are proposed, including Augusta and Nelson counties, attended the "No Pipeline!" Lobby Day.

They lobbied lawmakers to repeal the "survey without permission" statute, which allows natural gas companies to enter private property without the landowner's consent.

Right now, gas companies need to ask permission, but do not need actual consent to enter privately-owned land.

Tuesday's lobbying was not just about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, but two additional pipelines in Virginia and four in West Virginia.

Advocates at the rally question the billions of dollars invested in these proposals.

"The fact that we would be investing that much money in this antiquated fuel source in 2016, is ludicrous," said Drew Gallagher of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

"Pay attention to what kind of future we want and we need to build that future right now, we want a future for clean air and safe homes for our children," said Cathy Strickler, who lives in Harrisonburg.

A subcommittee was supposed to review a bill changing the statute on Tuesday, but did not get to it. It is expected to be addressed during this legislative session.