No. The authority to survey land is granted by the state, and the laws vary from state to state on the right to survey a parcel of land.
The authority to excavate land must be authorized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. If the commission grants the right to build a pipeline, the company works closely with landowner before it proceeds with any work.
Eminent domain is the right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation. It is designed to benefit the public at large by ensuring sufficient, safe and vital infrastructure.
An eminent domain action for a right-of-way easement is a last resort for the company. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline land agents work closely with landowners to reach agreements for an easement. However, a small number of cases do get turned over to legal counsel, many of which are settled before any sort of legal proceeding.