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Supv. Candland urges residents to speak at SCC hearings on power line proposal

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) recently announced it has scheduled local hearings in late February and early March for the proposed Dominion Virginia Power Haymarket transmission line project.

The hearings will be held in the Battlefield High School auditorium (15000 Graduation Drive, Haymarket, VA 20169) on February 24 and March 14, 2016. Two hearings will take place each day, one at 4:30 PM and one at 7:00 PM.

Those who would like to provide comments to the SCC should sign in prior to the start of the hearing with the SCC bailiff.

Supervisor Candland strongly encourages residents to attend at least one of the hearings and provide comments on this project.

This project involves the construction of a 230 kV transmission line, initiating from a location near Jiffy Lube Live and running through Gainesville and Haymarket to a commercial site located on Route 55, slightly west of Route 15.

Dominion Virginia Power filed an application for the project on November 6, 2015, identifying its preferred route for the large transmission line towers to be above ground, and primarily along the north side of I-66.

The need for this project is driven by a planned data center located off of Route 55 in Haymarket.

Supervisor Candland was quoted in a news release as saying, “From the beginning we have let Dominion Virginia Power know that the only acceptable route is the hybrid-route partially buried along I-66. We have had a strong, unified voice on this matter and now it is time to take our message to the State Corporation Commission. We must continue our messaging with that same loud voice as we fight for the route that will be best for all of our residents”.

For those residents who are unable to attend one of the SCC hearings in Haymarket, another hearing will be held on May 10, 2016, at 10 AM in Richmond, VA at the Tyler Building (1300 East Main Street) in the SCC’s second floor courtroom.

Residents may also submit written comments on the proposal at any time either online (http://www.scc.virginia.gov/case) or by mail (Clerk of the State Corporation Commission, Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2118) until May 3, 2016. All correspondence should refer to case number PUE-2015-00107.

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