Apr. 07, 2020: Landowners on the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline are fighting to prevent the company's financial appraisers from entering their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to Nash County delivered Friday, residents formally requested that the Board of Commissioners reject the pipeline, citing reductions in safety measures and harassment of landowners.
In the request, Marvin Winstead, a Nash County farmer, said, ''Over the last few days I have been harassed by Dominion attorneys to allow out-of-state assessors onto my property and even into my home as part of the ongoing eminent domain process." Winstead was incensed by the very notion that protective personal equipment-clad company appraisers were seeking entry into his home, adding, ''The risk presented by the COVID-19 virus matters little when it suits them. There is no excuse for their behavior."