Dominion Energy will not be building a 230-kilovolt transmission line through the “Carver Road route” in Prince William.
Several weeks ago, we wrote about the transmission line project – a complex issue – and the different proposed routes.
The State Corporation Commission (SCC), the regulatory body that is overseeing the project and ultimately selecting the route of the line, gave Dominion a 60-day window to work with the Prince William Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) to access easements for the Carver Road route.
The route would have run the transmission line along a historic African-American community in the Gainesville-area, which was met with outcry from the community.
BOCS has the authority to deny the company access to the easements, which was ultimately their decision, according to a release. Following their denial, Dominion has requested to the SCC that they grant authority for Dominion to build the transmission line along the I-66 Overheard Route.
According to a release, the overhead route was Dominion’s preferred route in the November 2015 application.
“Through this filing, we are updating the Commission that the construction of the Carver Road route is not possible given Prince William County’s denial of needed easements. Because Carver Road, the Commission’s approved route, is not constructible, we are asking the SCC to amend its Final Order and approve construction of the Haymarket Transmission Line Project via the I-66 Overhead Route,” stated Dominion Media and Community Relations Manager Chuck Penn in an email.
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