"When someone buys land, they’re making an agreement with the seller. Once that money changes hands, so does ownership of the property. Regardless of what other people want or think should go on that land, it’s no longer their decision. The person who pays taxes on the land, who cuts the grass, fixes the house and hangs the Christmas lights should also be the one who decides if they want to give access and for what price. If the price is too high for the potential customer, then they can go somewhere else. That’s just simple economics.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline isn’t even at that point yet, to purchase easements, but in a letter to 143 residents of Augusta and Nelson counties this week, the company warned they would pursue a lawsuit against anyone who didn’t let them survey property to help determine the final route."