State landowners call for dismissal of pipeline suit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Eighteen landowners being sued by the Mountain Valley Pipeline have filed a motion to dismiss the case against them.

A lawsuit was filed by the pipeline in late October, which seeks to gain eminent domain access to over 100 properties before just compensation for the properties was determined. The properties sought are in Harrison, Lewis, Wetzel, Webster, Greenbrier, Monroe, Nicholas, Summers, and Braxton counties.

The landowners claim the MVP does not have the proper authority to commence condemnation proceedings since their certificate with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is conditional.

They also state that a private entity can’t condemn property before first demonstrating the ability to pay compensation, and say MVP has failed to do.