The Coalition and Somerset Crossing HOA filed replies on 9/22 to Dominion’s response to Motions for Rehearing …..
AND Dominion filed their Report to the SCC on 9/22 – now and again recommending the I-66 OVERHEAD route. This is not a FINAL decision – This is Dominion’s recommendation to the SCC.
The Coalition continues to represent consistency in the midst of chaos.
You will see in our reply to the SCC Commissioners that the underlying NEED for this Haymarket Project cannot be proven. We agree with the SCC Staff that either this application should be scrapped, or at a bare minimum, a rehearing is in order.
The community should understand though, Dominion Power always chose “I-66 Overhead” as their preferred route. Nothing has changed. It was the SCC Hearing Examiner …AND the SCC Commissioners that instead ruled the Carver Road Route as the final route. What Dominion has provided to the Commission now is the acknowledgment, which the community already knew, that the Carver Road route was never properly vetted and has many obstacles in its path.
From the perspective of the Coalition the only win,, for everyone in this community, is to deny this project outright based on lack of need. If a rehearing is held and Dominion can prove the need, then the only reasonable route is “I-66 Hybrid” and Amazon pays to bury part of the line.
The opening of our reply:
“Dominion’s arguments are incorrect, and the Commission should rehear the issue of need because
(1) the statutory scheme requires an actual and current need to be considered;
(2) newly discovered facts from outside the record establish that no need currently exists;
(3) this new evidence changes the projected circuit load upon which the Commission made its decision; and
(4) granting a certificate in this instance would violate the Virginia Constitution because it would allow the taking of property purely for a private use.”
See our press release below.
Don’t Believe The Hype: No Decision Has Been Made
Executive director says: “The fight isn’t over – Coalition response puts entire project in doubt.”
Haymarket, Virginia (September 26, 2017) – On the same day that the Coalition and Somerset Crossing submitted arguments challenging the very need for the project, Dominion Virginia Power recommended their original position, that its regulator – the State Corporation Commission (SCC) – approve Amazon’s private extension cord along the “I-66 Overhead” route.
Coalition executive director Elena Schlossberg stated bluntly, “I have to make this as clear as possible for the community: Don’t think you are safe. Some media outlets have reported this battle is over. Don’t believe the hype – every and any route is on the table.”
“And we know this because we have been here before,” Schlossberg continued. “Dominion requested the “Overhead I-66” alternative in June – then the SCC said, ‘no’ and selected the Carver Road route, another route no one was advocating. The SCC might change its mind. Or it might not. Dominion can ask all it wants. The SCC – alone – selects the route.”
“The danger is real,” Schlossberg added, “The SCC can hurt the hundreds of residents who live along the “I-66 Overhead” route, as Dominion wants. Or the SCC can tell Dominion, ‘The answer is still ‘no.’ Try a different route.’ Or the SCC could target any one of the other previously considered alternatives: Northern, which hits both densely populated Piedmont and Heritage Hunt; New Road, which slices through homes in the Rural Crescent; and Western, which pushes through historic Buckland. Or the SCC can create another route out of thin air.”
Schlossberg noted, ”Of course, Dominion doesn’t care whose bottom line it hurts, as long as it’s not its own. All Dominion’s request does is urge the SCC to avoid the one route which is favored by residents, local county and state elected officials, and numerous state agencies – the partially-buried “I-66 Hybrid.”
Schlossberg praised the community for staying the course. “Our community has long maintained that there are only two acceptable outcomes. One, since Amazon said on the record it’s not even sure it needs the extra power, the SCC should totally reject Dominion’s argument for the project. Two, if Amazon changes its story and argues an immediate need, Amazon should pay for their own private extension cord like any other customer, along the “I-66 Hybrid” route. It’s that simple. And our previous arguments won support from the SCC staff (PUE-2015-00107 – Staff Response to Coalition request for Extension 083017). The Coalition’s latest filing from September 22, refuting Dominion’s need argument, can be found here (Coalition’s Public Reply to Dominion’s Response to Motion for Rehearing 092217).
Schlossberg concluded, “Unfortunately, our community is back at the mercy of the SCC commissioners, who have given no indication of when they will decide this matter. And in my darker moments, I believe this chaos is visited upon us deliberately, to keep our community on edge and wondering who will be threatened next.”
“With all their missteps, Dominion’s attorneys may not be the best money can buy. But, maybe their regulators are?”
On 7/14/17, the SCC suspended their most recent “final” order selecting the Carver Rd. route, pending the Commission’s reconsideration of motions presented by the Coalition and Somerset Crossing HOA.
On 7/25/17 the SCC established a pleading schedule which ordered:
— 8/16: Dominion Energy responds to the need challenge and other issues raised in the Coalition’s and Somerset’s motions for reconsideration. DominionSCCresponse to Motions for Reconsideration 081617
9/8: 9/22: The Coalition and Somerset filed a reply to Dominion’s response Coalition’s Public Reply to Dominion’s Response to Motion for Rehearing 092217; Somerset’s Reply to Dominion’s Response to Motion for Rehearing 092217
— 9/22: Dominion Energy filed a report with the SCC “regarding the constructability of the Carver Road Route, or not, and/or proceed with any requests for variations to the Carver Road Route, or reconsideration of alternative noticed routes.” Dominion report to SCC Recommend I66 Overhead 092217
— Following that, the SCC will determine their next steps.
LET’S NOT FORGET – UNITED WE STAND!
Only the SCC Makes the Final Route Decision – Confirmation that route possibilities are Wide Open!
In answer to questions raised about the following statement made by Dominion to the SCC in their July 24th motion:
“…regarding the constructability of the Carver Road Route, or not, and/or proceed with any requests for variations to the Carver Road Route, or reconsideration of alternative noticed routes.”
Delegate Bob Marshall received a response on August 11, 2017 from Legislative Services attorneys in Richmond, which advised:
— All possible transmission line power tower route alternatives and variations for the proposed Haymarket project could be selected by the SCC. These include the 7 route alternatives or variations outlined in the SCC’s Dec. 11, 2015 Notice of Hearing, as well as potentially the 5 additional route alternatives or variations also mapped out by Dominion.
— However, all of western Prince William, including areas not previously designated for power line tower routes, could be open to power tower routes if Dominion were to file a new application, amend the original application, or request the SCC to consider another route. In this instance, notice to affected landowners and publication in a local newspaper would be required.
These are the 12 route alternatives or variations which Dominion put forward for this project over the last 3+ years – but as stated above, anything is possible, everything is open:
I-66 Overhead Route
Jordan Lane Variation to the I-66 Overhead Route
Walmart Variation to the I-66 Overhead Route
Carver Road Route
I-66 Hybrid Route
New Road Route – A
New Road Route – B
Western Route – A
Western Route – B
Disputing the alleged “need” for the lines is critical to protecting homeowners and businesses in western Prince William.
A phrase on the Archives Building in Washington, DC is most apt here: “Eternal Vigilance is the price of Liberty.”
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