On Thursday, the State Corporation Commission directed Dominion Virginia Power to seek county approval to build the 100-foot-tall power lines along one of five proposed routes for the lines, known as the Railroad Route.

 The route selected runs primarily along railroad tracks, and would require the county’s approval for the project to proceed. One sticking point will be the county’s decision, during the battle over the project, to place a conservation easement on wooded areas which surround the railroad tracks.
That easement would have to be lifted for construction to take place along the tracks.

The SCC also said in its decision that if legal issues remain, preventing the lines from being placed along the tracks, they would then be constructed on another route which runs along Carver Road.

 “We just received the order, we’re going to take some time to review it,” said Chuck Penn, spokesman for Dominion Virginia Power.
Opponents who fear health issues and dropping property values because of the project are upset by the move.

Read Full Story: Va. regulators punt Dominion power line decision to Prince William Co. | WTOP

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