The Virginia State Corporation Commission today, December 21, ruled against Dominion Power’s application to build 10 towers across the Rappahannock River to carry power lines.
The decision gives the company 120 days to seek the necessary permits for an underwater system.
The commissioners wrote, “Given that attachment to the Norris Bridge is no longer feasible, the commission finds that the underwater construction as approved herein reasonably minimizes adverse impacts of the replacement line.”
Commissioners further noted that “underwater construction…satisfies the statutory requirements and best serves the total public interest within the parameters of the statute.
“This finding includes consideration of among other things: need; cost; reliability; the environment; scenic assets; historic districts; health and safety of the persons in the area; economic development; local comprehensive plans; proposed method of installation; possible impediments to timely construction; and rights-of-way.”