Sorry if this has been posted before. I did a search and didn't see anything.
I'm normally all for progress and building bigger better stuff but this power line is going to go be humming in my back yard, bringing down my property value and screwing up my view. On top of that, it doesn't benefit me at all as it only helps power hungry Northern Virginians! (I live further west) It will be an eye sore on what is currently a beautiful stretch of 66 and the motives for building it are fairly suspect.
A friend of mine told me that the proposed power line will also remove his father's house in The Plains by way of imminent domain. He just built the place last year and was planning on retiring there. He is just one of many who will have no choice but to pick up and move for the line to be built. Not to mention the farms that will also disappear.
Resources at Risk:
The revised Dominion study area encompasses 231,700 acres, including:
83 miles of Scenic Byway
13 miles of the Appalachian Trail, and 72,734 acres visible from the Appalachian Trail
7 major Civil War Battlefields: Aldie, Cedar Creek, Front Royal, Manassas Gap, Middleburg, Thoroughfare Gap, and Upperville. Several are described as the most pristine in the U.S.
17 Historic Sites on the Virginia and National Registers, one of which is a National Historic Landmark
6 Existing Historic Districts covering 13,990 Acres
11 Proposed Historic Districts covering 15,950 Acres
48,000 Acres of Conservation Easements
I say they build it underground or just build another station IN Northern Virginia to take care of the rising demands on the power grid instead of bringing the power all the way across the state. Of course, both options are more expensive and less desirable for those building it.
Anyway, if you don't care or you're for it, you don't care or you're for it but if not there is a petition online available for signing.
Site opposing the line with lots of info:
The pictures I've attached are of balloons off 66 showing the height and location of where the lines would be. If you've traveled west on 66 the last week you've seen them.