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

    April 15, 2015

    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.

  • Amicus Brief Filed before the Supreme Court of Virginia for James River

    September 19, 2014

    On September 15th, the National Trust, along with our partner groups the National Parks Conservation Association, Preservation Virginia, Scenic Virginia and the Garden Club of Virginia, filed an amicus brief. The brief supports the arguments made by James City County, Save the James Alliance, and the James River Association in their appeal of the State Corporation Commission’s decision to issue a state permit to build a transmission line across the James River near Jamestown.

    Our arguments focus directly on the richness and value of the historic resources along the James River that will be negatively impacted if Dominion Virginia Power builds their transmission line in its currently planned location. Further briefs will be filed in the coming weeks, and oral argument will likely be scheduled by the Supreme Court of Virginia to be held sometime later this year.

  • Welcoming James River

    June 6, 2014

    My name is Sharee Williamson, and I’m leading the team at the National Trust that is working to save the James River from Dominion Power’s plans to build an insensitively sited transmission line across the river. The current plans call for construction of towers that will be visible from Colonial Parkwayand the National Historic Landmark property Carter’s Grove. Additionally, the massive scale of the transmission towers will completely dwarf paddlers who are tracing the route of Capt. John Smith along the country’s first nationally designated water trail As the National Trust’s efforts to save this iconic place continue, there will be opportunities for public comment on this controversial construction plan. Please check back often for updates on the James River, interesting information about the variety of cultural resources along the river, and opportunities to help save this significant place.

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