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Re: “More Details Emerge on Dominion’s $6.5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline

ACP does not work with all landowners. It continues to refuse to move the line within our property. Doing so will make a substantive improvement in the disruption to our Angus seed stock business built over the last 116 years. Instead, ACP insists on forcing its way through the very center of our business, especially, the central field through which we regularly move cattle. Placement there will also prohibit our future plans for that most valuable portion of our property.

Refusing to move the line to the edges of the affected fields will require: significantly more fencing, additional water lines and troughs so we can use areas cut off from their existing water supply, our costs from additional manhours to do what we must and losses due to extra stress on cattle caused by construction. They anticipate building on our property as our next crop of calves arrive - not a good time for extra stress. Simple construction fences will not hold curious cattle. It does not appear they understand our business or that they have truly heard our concerns. If they have, refusal to make any adjustment is purposeful imposition of economic loss on our business. Ideally, the line would be placed along the edge of our property, not just the edges of affected fields.

Our American Dream is being destroyed. Our economic losses will haunt us and could put us out of business. Yesterday Japan announced 38.5% tariffs on US beef, exacerbating our challenges.

We will not be served by this infrastructure. We see no public benefit and do not believe this is a constitutional use of eminent domain. The fact that ACP refuses to compromise with us on the location of the pipeline as it cuts through the very center of our business for 1.1 mile, only 4 miles after the dangerous, polluting compression station, steals not just my land, my heritage, my net worth, my sense of safety on my own land, but also my belief in my country.

When an outside force can interfere with a century business so severely, citizens have no motivation to work hard to build a business because it can be taken from you at any time. The company refuses to pay the real loss in value of the adjoining property. We get no ongoing compensation for ongoing loss. We are being sacrificed.

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Posted by ileech on 03/09/2018 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Is Dominion Banking Too Much on Natural Gas?

Wind and solar, combined with storage, CAN work. Storage is taking leaps and bounds forward and distributed generation IS the way of the future. (Really back to the future. Remember seeing windmills in family pictures? My family farm still has the towers for the windmill and the water storage so it wasn't that long ago.) Unfortunately, Virginia is clinging to the recent past, trying to depend on only large, utility owned sources of generation. Gas is considered a bridge fuel, why invest in lots of infrastructure for something that won't last that long? Why not start moving toward the future? As a country, we've invested much in fossil fuels but very little in renewables. In Virginia, we've also done very little energy efficiency, so that's another opportunity. Instead of automatically parroting "Renewables cost too much" we could redirect our dollars toward making them work.

Posted by ileech on 10/23/2015 at 10:14 AM

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