When Barry first heard that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was proposed to run through his property, he was worried the effects would be devastating. Barry is the general manager of the Lucky Lake Gem Mine in rural Dinwiddie County, Virginia. The initial proposal was for the pipeline to cut straight across an underground seam of minerals that has very special meaning to Barry and his family. This is not just an ordinary mine … this mine is part of a living memorial to Barry’s parents. The minerals were discovered when Barry decided to excavate a lake on his property in memory of his late mother, Mildred.
Barry said, “I felt a personal responsibility. Everyone needs heat and light. But, I had major concerns – I did not want to stand in the way of this project, but was sick at the thought of losing something so special.”
Barry got word of the pipeline through a mailing to potentially affected landowners and received notice of an open house being held in the area. He decided to attend the open house, but felt certain that his worries would fall on deaf ears and the mine would have to be abandoned. Upon arriving at the open house, Barry talked to a few different people before being introduced to the engineering team and meeting the land agent assigned to his area.
Barry continued, “I walked in there thinking there is give and take in life. I had been blessed with this gift, but was worried it would be taken away just as quickly as it had appeared.”
Once he explained the situation on his property, ACP staff reassured him that they would do what they could to address his concerns. Barry met with his land agent several times in person and talked with him on the phone. He also worked closely with the engineering team and survey crews to point out important land features and other details specific to his property. Ultimately, the pipeline was re-positioned on the property to avoid Lake Mildred as well as the mineral deposit that Barry continues to actively mine.
Once they agreed to move the line, all of my concerns were addressed. I realized that the project team is trying as hard as they can to meet everyone’s needs. I have been so impressed with everyone involved. Many more people will benefit from this project than the few whose property will be affected. I think it is pretty neat that I have a part in that.”
Tell us your story! We thank Barry for sharing his story with us and giving us permission to share it with you. Do you have a story about the ACP that you would like to share? Send us an email (ACPipeline@dom.com) or give us a call (888-895-8716) – we’d welcome a chance to talk with you and find out what makes your association with ACP important and unique.
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