Army Corps. taking comments on Skiffes Creek transmission project

SURRY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — For the next month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be taking comments on the Skiffes Creek Transmission project, from preservation groups consulting in the case.

The project would construct 17 towers across the James River, from Surry County to Skiffes Creek in James City County. Dominion’s planned project has been met with stiff opposition from residents as well as local and state preservation groups.

On Monday, the Corps released its revised mitigation agreement.

A Dominion spokeswoman told, “We have worked diligently over the past several months with the Corps and consulting parties to incorporate comments and feedback into this revised Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). It is imperative that a mitigation plan be put in place to ensure continued service reliability for our customers in the Hampton Roads area.”

According to Dominion, the MOA includes several factors:

  • The heights of the towers would not be increased for the lifespan of the project.
  • No new power lines will be built within an approximately 23 mile stretch of the James River that has been defined as the historic district
  • Once the river crossing is built, every 10 years, Dominion will reevaluate the ongoing need for the line, taking into account the most current PJM load forecasts.
  • If at any time Dominion determines that the river crossing is no longer needed, it will be removed,along with all of the associated infrastructure. Dominion will also restore the landscape.
  • If at the conclusion of the project’s life span, assumed to be 50 years, Dominion determines the project is still needed, the viability of submerging the line under the river will be examined.

Dominion says it is hoping that the comment period will be followed by a permitting decision on the project.

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