Marine Resources Commission Approves Energy Project

📅   Mon August 14, 2017 - Southeast Edition #17


The Virginia Marine Resources Commission approved Dominion Energy's proposed 500-kilovolt transmission line.
(Aileen Devlin/Daily Press photo)
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission approved Dominion Energy's proposed 500-kilovolt transmission line. (Aileen Devlin/Daily Press photo)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) The Virginia Marine Resources Commission has voted unanimously on a 4-mi. portion of a power company's proposed 500-kilovolt transmission line.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the commission authorized Richmond-based utility Dominion Energy's project that will be anchored below the James River. It includes nearly 20 towers as tall as 295 ft. (90 m) that'll carry the line across the river and more than 650 pilings driven into the river bottom.

The commission's staff said the approval overcame more than 1,000 letters or emails in protest, and objections from conservation and historic preservation group representatives who argued the construction would affect aquatic life and hinder tourists' experience in the Historic Jamestowne area.

Dominion technical solutions vice president Kevin Curtis said it's the last place they'd target if there were other options.

For more information, visit timesdispatch.com.