Preservation Groups Appeal Federal Court Ruling on Construction of Dominion Transmission Line

June 20, 2018 by Grant Stevens

Last week, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Virginia filed a notice of appeal asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to review the recent federal court ruling that allows Dominion Energy to proceed with constructing a massive transmission line across the James River at Jamestown.

In July 2017, the Army Corps of Engineers granted the necessary federal permit to allow Dominion Energy to proceed with construction of the project without preparing a full Environmental Impact Statement as required under the National Environmental Policy Act or fully considering reasonable and prudent alternatives as required by the National Historic Preservation Act. The National Trust and Preservation Virginia subsequently filed a lawsuit to ensure that legal, proper and reasonable steps were taken to analyze the project’s impacts and viable alternatives.

Despite the failure to prepare a full Environmental Impact Statement and fully consider alternatives, a federal judge ruled last month that the Army Corps complied with the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act in granting the permit. The notice of appeal seeks reconsideration of that decision. We will keep sharing new information as the appeal progresses.

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