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Bills of local interest address power line, fisheries, speed limits and agricultural operations

The overhead power lines across the Rappahannock near the Robert O. Norris Jr. Memorial Bridge may vanish altogether as Dominion Energy pursues a project to bury transmission lines under the river. Related legislation  expected from Sen. Ryan T. McDougle would facilitate necessary easements and rights-of-way. Photo by Tom Chillemi

RICHMOND—Several bills of local interest were pre-filed for the 2018 Virginia General Assembly legislative session, according to Virginia’s Legislative Information System, lis.virginia.gov.

Also, District 4 Sen. Ryan T. McDougle’s office this week reported that he will introduce a bill to give Dominion Energy access to install, operate and maintain a transmission line under the Rappahannock River.

A recent decision issued by the Virginia State Corporation Commission advised Dominion must seek an easement from the General Assembly prior to beginning the project, reported legislative assistant Kyler Hedrick.

The proposed bill would seek a 200-foot right of way extending the width of the river between Middlesex and Lancaster counties east of the Robert O. Norris Jr. Memorial Bridge…

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