Legal Briefs Filed to Protect the James River

December 18, 2017

On Friday, the National Trust and our partners at Preservation Virginia filed a motion for summary judgment in our lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The motion asked the court to vacate the permit that the agency granted to Dominion Virginia Power to construct a massive transmission line across the James River at Jamestown and to order the Army Corps to prepare a Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to thoroughly review less harmful alternatives.

The Mattaponi Indian Tribe in Virginia filed an amicus brief in support of the National Trust’s lawsuit. The tribe is one of the six original Native American tribes of the Powhatan Confederacy. Represented by the University of Virginia School of Law’s Environmental and Regulatory Clinic, the brief focuses on the cultural importance of the region to the tribe.

A briefing schedule for the case has been established with final filing deadlines in March 2018. We will keep sharing new information as the lawsuit progresses.

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