RESOLUTION

A RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE SOUTHERN ROUTE FOR THE 500-KV POWERLINE PROPOSED BY DOMINION AND ALLEGHENY POWER AND RESTATING THE BOARD’S OPPOSITION TO THE FEDERAL DESIGNATION

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WHEREAS, Dominion Virginia Power (Dominion) and Allegheny Power have proposed to build a five-hundred kilovolt electric transmission line connecting the Mount Storm power station in West Virginia with the Loudoun County substation in Northern Virginia; and

WHEREAS, Dominion has identified a possible route for the proposed transmission line following an existing transmission line corridor (the “Southern Route”) through the Marshall, Lee and Cedar Run Magisterial Districts of Fauquier County; and

WHEREAS, the new Southern Route proposal released by Dominion Power would undermine Federal governmental and historic protections, including the: National Environmental Policy Act, American Farm and Ranch Protection Act, United States National Trails System Act 6 of 1968, The National Park System, National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, Federal Water Pollution Control Act; and

WHEREAS, the Southern Route power line proposal would do considerable harm to Fauquier County’s Comprehensive Plan, which places a high value on agriculture, rural character, scenic viewsheds, tourism and environmental, historic and cultural resources; and

WHEREAS, the power line proposal would harm Fauquier County’s open-space and conservation easement program; and

WHEREAS, the Southern Route proposal would do considerable harm to the County’s agricultural and forestal districts; and

WHEREAS, Dominion and Allegheny Power have not proven that the need for such a line is necessitated by the power needs of Fauquier County, Northern Virginia or the Commonwealth of Virginia as a whole; and

WHEREAS, since sensible national energy policy must foster an optimal mix of deliverable power from diverse sources, the Board of Supervisors does not believe this line will enhance electric reliability or security; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors has previously adopted a resolution dated December 14, 2006 stating its opposition to the previous Dominion power line siting proposals and to Allegheny’s request for federal NIET Corridor designation of a power line corridor; and

WHEREAS, the Southern Route proposal, and the other previous power line site proposals, would cause economic damage to the owners of property within or near the 500kv power line proposed by Dominion and would also cause fiscal damage to the County; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 8th day of March 2007, That the Board of Supervisors does hereby state its opposition to the Southern Route for the 500-kv power line proposed by Dominion; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Board does hereby restate its opposition, as set forth in its Resolution dated December 14, 2006,  to the NIET Corridor designation requested by Dominion and Allegheny Power and any future designation of NIET Corridors without consultation with Virginia, examination of alternatives, and the prior completion of a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement; and, be it

RESOLVED FINALLY, That the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors does hereby state its opposition to the approval of any other power line route by the Virginia State Corporation Commission without a clear and convincing showing of the need for such power by Fauquier County, Northern Virginia and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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