Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC v. 6.56 Acres of Land, Owned by Sandra Townes Powell

The Natural Gas Act allows private companies to use eminent domain to build pipelines but does not give them the power to take immediate possession of the land they want prior to final judgment in the condemnation action. District court: No problem, they can just take immediate possession by means of a preliminary injunction. Fourth Circuit: We said this was OK 15 years ago, which makes it OK today, too.

Tags: 2019, Eminent Domain, Fourth Circuit, Preliminary Injunction, Property Rights

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