April 6, 2013
Dominion's James River towers could look like these
This is what the power line towers across the James River could look like if the Virginia SCC decides to honor Dominion Power's plan. The final five days of hearings begin next Tuesday, April 9. The local media should give them generous coverage since James City County Supervisors as well as Kingmill residents and the local national parks are opposing the location.
High power lines fit into the industrial look of the southern section of the Delaware River just upriver from the Delaware Memorial Bridge, but they will make a not-so-historic statement looming across this pristine and scenic section of the James River.
In case you missed it, another huge transmission line through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River, and the Appalachian Trail also created a big buzz last year while the court considered claims that the power line would cause irreversible ecological and scenic damage. The National Park Service opposed it big time at first, but strangely approved the supersized transmission line on October 1, 2012, despite their conclusion that the project would cause serious and enduring impacts on the parks. Go figure!