Statement | April 16, 2015

Virginia Supreme Court Ruling Energizes Effort to Save James River at Jamestown from Massive Power Line

Statement by Stephanie K. Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Today, the Virginia Supreme Court issued a ruling on Dominion Virginia Power's proposal to construct power lines and towers across the James River at Jamestown. The following is a statement from Stephanie K. Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation:

“There are multiple, alternative locations where Dominion Power could locate its power line project to service the region, yet there is only one James River at Jamestown. Today, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled in favor of retaining local control over this very important land-use issue, bringing us one step closer to recognizing the James’ unique place in our history as the cradle and capital of early colonial settlement, where English explorers first encountered America’s native peoples. All of us who cherish the significance of this historic region are energized by today’s ruling.”

About the Down to the Wire Campaign

The Down to the Wire Campaign (www.DowntotheWire.org), is a movement to educate the public about Dominion Power’s misguided proposal for a power project across the James River at Jamestown and to build support for alternative solutions that balance the need for power while protecting our irreplaceable and unique historic, scenic and natural resources. The Down to the Wire Coalition is made up of the following local, state and national organizations: Chesapeake Conservancy, Garden Club of Virginia, James River Association, Preservation Virginia, Save the James Alliance, Scenic Virginia, National Parks Conservation Association, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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