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Judge upholds pipeline survey without property owner's OK in Giles Co.

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - A federal judge says a pipeline developer can survey private property in Virginia without the owner's permission.

U.S. District Judge Robert Turk ruled that a Virginia law allowing access to property for such surveys is constitutional.

The Roanoke Times  reports that Monday's ruling came in a lawsuit filed by eight property owners in Giles County against Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC. The property owners had denied access to route surveyors working for the company.

Mountain Valley Pipeline spokeswoman Natalie Cox says the ruling confirms the company's belief that surveyors can't be charged with trespassing if the company has provided the law's required notification.

A plaintiffs lawyer, Isak Howell, says options are being evaluated.

The proposed pipeline would stretch about 300 miles from northwestern West Virginia to Pittsylvania County in Virginia.

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