Ruling Reverses and Remands SCC Final Order
In a rare reversal of a Virginia State Corporation Commission Final Order, the Virginia Supreme Court announced on Thursday, April 16, 2015, that it was reversing and remanding the Surry-Skiffes Creek Final Order back to the SCC. The court stated in its written opinion that, contrary to Dominion’s argument and the SCC’s complicitness, a switching station is not part of a transmission system and, thus, the company must obey the land use and zoning regulations of Virginia municipalities when siting such installations. Dominion had attempted a grand overreach in trying to thwart the zoning regulations of James City County that require a Special Use Permit for this type of construction.
In an entirely separate matter, we now await the public announcement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of their decision to undertake a full Environmental Impact Study as part of its required review of the company’s application for a wetlands permit. We have been told by officials at a very high level that this announcement should be forthcoming. We will keep you posted.
To those of you who have so generously opened your wallets to help fund our efforts, thank you. And, when you have time, please let the James City County Board of Supervisors know that you appreciate their steadfast commitment in time and money to this effort. They have never failed us. We will need them to continue to stand fast in the face of what will surely be intense political pressure from Dominion to drop their opposition and give them the permit they need to build the Skiffes Creek Switching Station.
Please let them know you support them on this matter. They have supported us!