Dear Protect PWC:

It has come to my attention that you are working on informing people about the proposed routes for the “Haymarket” Transmission lines.

I wanted to forward you the email I have sent to folks who have contacted me about this issue.  I have been working with the neighborhoods near Old Town Haymarket on this issue since the spring and would be glad to have your group and those supporting your opposition to this project join us for this town hall.

Let me know if you have any question.


Delegate Bob Marshall


From: Bob Marshall
Sent: Monday, December 8, 2014 3:06 PM
To: Bob Marshall
Cc: Tim Hugo; senate district29/Senate; senate district13/Senate; John Stirrup
Subject: Power Line Town Hall January 6th


​Dear Friends:

Thank you for contacting me about your concerns with the proposed routes for the Haymarket Transmission Power Line.

I would like to invite you to attend a Town Hall Meeting for the Gainesville/Haymarket area with a focus on the proposed Haymarket Transmission line routes.  We have asked representatives from Dominion to attend the meeting.  It will be held at the QBE Building located at  14550 John Marshall Highway on January 6th at 7:00 PM.

UPDATE: It is now at Battlefield HS.

Delegate Tim Hugo and I will plan to attend as well as Senators Dick Black and Chuck Colgan and Supervisor Pete Candland.

There have been recent changes to the proposed Haymarket Transmission Line project.  The initial route through Old Town Haymarket is much less likely to be used because the original route goes through land which will be conveyed to Prince William County as an easement.   I am working to advocate that Dominion select a route along I-66 to place the lines underground.

I am reliably advised that the selection of the location for the unfortunate placement of an Amazon data center next to the Haymarket Walmart was the result of an agreement made by Prince William’s former economic development office director.   I think that decision was lacking in prudence and consideration for our neighbors.  In fact, I learned that no consideration was given regarding the economic loss to homeowners due to the resulting need for new transmission line placement.

I am still devoting efforts to seeing if another location can be selected for the Amazon data center in a more industrial area that would not cause so much difficulty and disruption to the quality of lives for local residents, in addition to the possibility of losing or precluding significant economic development opportunities for our area.

However, if the Amazon project is to continue I want you to know I have been working to have the transmission lines undergrounded.  Sen. Black and I met with VDOT to ensure their co-operation with any plans Dominion Power may submit to them for the underground placement of the 230 KV power lines along Route I-66.

A major transmission line in Stafford County of several miles in length was constructed in that manner.  The costs are born by Dominion ratepayers around Virginia, and not just the Dominion electric customers in the locality where the power lines are constructed.

I previously worked with western Prince William residents to successfully divert a similar power line several years ago.  With help from citizens like yourself and others we stand a good chance to find a much more appropriate solution.

I am also trying to craft a statute for the 2015 Assembly session that would preclude the placement of data centers requiring intrusive  overhead power line placement near residential developments.

Thank you for your time and interest in this issue.  Click here to get more information on the Haymarket Transmission line.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at this address.


Delegate Bob Marshall


The Honorable Robert G. “Bob” Marshall Virginia House of Delegates P.O. Box 421 Manassas, VA 20108 GAB: 804-698-1013 Mobile: 703-853-4213 Fax: 804-698-6713