Institute for Environmental Negotiation

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James River Transmission Line

To meet increasing demand for power, and the requirement to reduce the possibilities for brownouts or other forms of outages, Dominion has proposed a new transmission line to cross the James River at historic Williamsburg. Key stakeholders are adamantly opposed to this proposal on the grounds that this will unalterably and irretrievably damage one of the nation’s most precious historic resources – the landscapes, vistas, and cultural resources in this historic region where colonists first settled.

The resulting federally required Section 106 consultation process, initiated by the Army Corps of Engineers, was highly difficult and controversial. IEN was asked to design the agenda and facilitate two of the stakeholders consultations meetings in October 2015 and February 2016. The ACOE has still not issued its final determination.