In March 2019, the Army Corps of Engineers was ordered by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to comply with federal law and prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to explore alternatives to the transmission line over the James River at Jamestown. The Army Corps had previously issued a permit for Dominion’s proposal to build seventeen towers, some as tall as the Statue of Liberty, across the James River and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, as well as in the viewshed of Colonial National Historical Park.
The Army Corps recently released its court ordered Draft EIS for public comment. The Draft EIS failed to study alternatives proposed by an independent engineering firm retained by the National Trust. Instead, the Army Corps’ DEIS has reaffirmed support for Dominion’s existing, harmful project. The Army Corps is accepting public comments through February 10.