Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC seeks to exercise its eminent domain powers pursuant to the Natural Gas Act, 15 U.S.C. § 717f(h). Specifically, ACP seeks to construct a portion of its pipeline project on certain properties. The project cannot be constructed until Atlantic acquires certain permanent and temporary easements on the properties. The easements are necessary for constructing, maintaining, operating, altering, testing, replacing, and repairing the ACP Project.
ACP has been unable to reach an agreement with the owners on the amount of compensation for the Easements, and they have not responded to ACP’s condemnation complaints. After a finding of default judgment and consideration of ACP’s evidence as to just compensation, the court determined the compensation for each party that must precede ACP’s immediate possession under eminent domain.