Dominion towers would mar scenery of the James River

October 13, 2016 by Kirsten Hower

photo by: Kris Weinhold

In a recent op-ed published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, National Trust President and CEO Stephanie Meeks responded to claims that Dominion's proposed transmission lines will not disrupt the historic integrity of the James River and surrounding sites.

Here's a sample:

In his recent Op/Ed column, “Preserving our past, enriching our future,” Dominion CEO Robert M. Blue voiced his appreciation for Virginia’s history while addressing the company’s proposed transmission line project across the James River. Unfortunately, as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Virginia, the National Park Service and many other national and regional preservation and conservation organizations have pointed out, Dominion’s proposal in fact threatens to harm some of the most historically significant sites in the commonwealth. As a result, just this week, the James River was included among the Trust’s annual list of 11 most endangered historic sites in the country.

Blue spends much time trying to minimize the transmission line’s potential impacts. But the proposed line would route 17 towers up to 295 feet tall — towers almost as tall as the Statue of Liberty — across the river where visitors from around the world come to experience early American history. This line would negatively impact Colonial National Park, Jamestown Island, Carter’s Grove Plantation, and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. We owe it to future generations to prevent this from happening.

You can read the full op-ed at the Richmond Times-Dispatch site and find out more about James River here.

Dominion’s project proposes constructing a 500kV transmission line across the James River from Surry to Skiffes Creek. It also requires construction of a new Skiffes Creek substation and smaller 230kV powerline from Skiffes Creek to Whealton.

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