ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR News) - Landowners were disappointed on Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review their case that would challenge the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
The landowners, living along the pipeline's route, say, Mountain Valley Pipeline took their land illegally through eminent domain laws. The landowners have petitioned the courts since the beginning to stop the pipeline from being built on their land. Most recently, the landowners appealed to the highest court to overturn the ruling by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal, which dismissed their case against the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court decided not to review the case.
In a statement, Mia Yugo, one of the attorneys hired to represent the landowners, said it is important to remember two things: First, the denial of certiorari (hearing this case) does not mean the Court necessarily agrees with the decision of the lower court. It simply means the Supreme Court will not address this particular issue at this particular time. Second, the Court receives thousands of petitions every year and it is therefore extremely rare for the Court to review any case.