Federal Court Ruling Will Allow James River Power Project to Continue

May 24, 2018

Today, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that Dominion Power may proceed with building a transmission line supported by 17 towers across the James River at Jamestown.

Sharee Williamson, associate general counsel at the National Trust for Historic Preservation said, “We are disappointed by the court’s decision to allow Dominion to build a massive transmission line across the James River at Jamestown. The National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act are intended to provide safeguards against siting industrial projects in historically significant landscapes. This outcome is a real disappointment, and we are currently considering our next steps. This nationally-significant historic place deserves to be preserved for future generations.”

The James River flows through a collection of nationally recognized cultural, historic, and natural resources located in Virginia’s Historic Triangle - a region which receives over 3.5 million visitors annually. The National Trust has been engaged with efforts to protect the James River – and the evocative landscapes of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Parkway, and Carter’s Grove – for years. The James was named to the 2013 and 2016 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list and was named a National Treasure in 2014.

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