Save the James. Stop the Power Lines! – More Information about Project Alternatives

April 15, 2015 by Sharee Williamson

In the past two weeks we’ve taken the Down to the Wire campaign on the road to Richmond and Williamsburg. We’ve met a lot of great people, and have had a chance to spread the word about the negative impacts that Dominion Virginia Power’s preferred transmission route would have on nationally significant historic sites, like Colonial Parkway, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, and Jamestown Island. In our discussions with people on the ground, we have received some general questions about the campaign, and about what alternatives are available that Dominion should consider. For more general information, please check out this FAQ.

On the question of alternatives, it’s helpful to understand where this project stands in the legal review process. Before Dominion can build a transmission line across the James River, they must obtain a state permit from Virginia’s State Corporation Commission and a federal permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. Currently, the issuance of the state permit is on appeal before the Virginia Supreme Court, and no decision has been made on the federal permit.

During the state permit review process, James City County hired an electrical engineering firm to present testimony outlining alternatives to Dominion’s preferred route. The same firm updated their research and submitted comments in the federal permit review process. A copy of that letter summarizing some of the available alternatives is online here.

Dominion still has the opportunity to pursue an alternative that protects the historic landscape of the James River at Jamestown. Please sign the petition to encourage Dominion to do the right thing.

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