CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A nonprofit in Charlottesville is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take a look at a lawsuit from Virginia landowners that challenges the Mountain Valley Pipeline after it was dismissed by a lower court.

In October of 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave natural gas and energy companies the green light to begin obtaining private properties for the project.

The lawsuit the Rutherford Institute is referring to asks for a hearing to argue that the government has violated property owners’ right by allowing pipeline companies to take their property.

“Not only is private property at stake here, but our Constitution,” John Whitehead, the founder of the Rutherford Institute, said. “The Fifth Amendment says very clearly that you cannot take someone's property without just compensation. You're not seeing that here."

NBC29 reached out to the attorneys in this case, but did not hear back.