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Transmission line hearings begin this week

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Hearings begin this week in Richmond on a controversial 65-mile transmission line designed to meet Washington’s increasing demand for power.

The State Corporation Commission will begin hearing expert testimony today. The hearings could last a few weeks.

The 500-volt line would run on 15-story towers from western Pennsylvania and travel through West Virginia and Virginia before ending in Loudoun. In addition to Loudoun, the line would run through Frederick, Rappahannock, Warren, Prince William and Culpeper counties in Virginia.

Dominion says that rolling blackouts could occur by 2011 without the new line.  Opponents have launched a strong campaign against the power line, arguing it would ruin the region’s landscape and add to global warming. The Piedmont Environmental Council has raised $3 million to fight the line.


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