Sample communication text

While the petition is great, your own text is best.  The following is text you can borrow and build on:

Dear     –

I am writing to you as a local business owner and homeowner, living at YOUR ADDRESS HERE.  Our community and the surrounding constituents have organized a significant and sustained effort to resist any proposal that would consider the construction of above-ground power lines and towers in Western Prince William County and the Rural Crescent.  We will oppose on all valid grounds, including the existence of better alternatives, the adverse economic impact, the violation of zoning ordinances and prior zoning agreements, the contradiction of Rural Crescent and other green space management policies, the violation of Chesapeake Bay Watershed mandates, erroneous cost analyses, and other grounds.

In particular, I am writing to ask for your help to stop Dominion Power from putting above ground high voltage power lines and towers in western Prince William County as part of their “Gainesville to Haymarket 230KV transmission line and substation project.”

The beautiful landscape, pastoral roads and serenity of this area will be permanently scarred. There are health, environmental and property concerns.  The list goes on and on.

I appreciate your help and ask that you please oppose the above ground high voltage power lines and towers in western Prince William County.  There are better alternatives available that utilize existing public easements along Route 66, require a much smaller area of disturbance, and create no negative economic, health or environmental effects.  Only a solution that buries most of the power lines should be considered.

Thank you for your time and considering my request.

Sincerely –


2 Replies to “Sample communication text”

  1. Dear Delegate Ramadan:

    I am the owner of a company that owns four 10 acre parcels of land directly adjacent to Evergreen Country Club. I am horrified to learn that Dominion Power has a proposed route for overhead transmission lines directly across the street from my properties. Standard overhead electric lines would be one thing, but the Dominion transmission lines that I have seen that are similar to what is being proposed are unsightly and would tremendously decrease my property value. I find it difficult to believe that Dominion Power would not be willing to install these lines underground.

    Please stop these overhead lines from going down Mill Creek Road unless they are buried underground.

    Alex McCallister

  2. Dear Delegate Ramadan:

    I have lived on Bull Run Mountain for 14 years, at a location directly overlooking the proposed route. The reason I moved here years ago is to enjoy my hobby of Amateur Radio when I retire (finally – this month).

    >> I appalled by the prospect of high voltage power lines being placed so close to my “rural crescent” location.

    People debate the various potential/possible effects of power lines, but there is no question that they produce radio noise (EMI/RFI) even when designed to industry standards. It’s only a question of how *much* radio noise they produce. I have already had one horrible problem with one of Dominion’s Substations on the east side of route 15 (which they repaired after being notified of the problem). But HV lines so close to this location will impact radio communications full-time. One of the applications I have here is a vhf/uhf repeater system which provides for emergency communications by fellow radio amateurs in the event of loss of commercial communications. Other aspects of my active-ties here involve extremely weak signals. These signals would be obliterated by the radio noise produce by the power lines.

    I would also note, in passing, that there are many commercial radio installations on the Mountain that might also be affected (I am not affiliated with any of them).

    I think that best practice is to group power lines in utility corridors, rather than string them willy-nilly across the country side.

    But I wonder if the proposed line is necessitated by the fact that the customer in question is a large computer center, with the need for “uninterruptible” power supply? In that case an energy storage technology might be a better option. Commercial equipment is available that can supply tens of megawatts for 10’s of minutes (or longer) This enough time so that a tripped power line can be restored to service, or the computer center can execute and orderly “parking” of the data center without affecting the integrity of the data. Some links to examples of this technology follow:$file/case_note_bess_gvea_fairbanks-web.pdf

    Ken Jamrogowicz

    PS – I am an Electrical Power Engineer, Senior Member of the IEEE and an FCC-licensed radio amateur. I have held Professional Engineer Licenses in the states of Virginia and New York and a First Class FCC Commercial Radiotelephone license. I also have a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. One of my early-career jobs, was as a transmission-system planning engineer for a very large utility company.

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