Published on: 1/08/2015
On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, the appeal of the State Corporation Commission’s grant of a certificate of public convenience and necessity for two powerlines and a switching station was heard by the Virginia Supreme Court. Significant issues included to what extent minimization of impacts on historic sites is mandated to the SCC in a certificate case, and whether local government zoning was preempted on a 51-acre switching station site by the SCC’s grant of the certificate.
Andrew R. McRoberts, shareholder with Sands Anderson PC, argued the case against the certificate on behalf of firm clients James City County, the James River Association and the Save the James Alliance Trust. An opinion is expected at the end of February.
Here is some of the new coverage of the oral arguments:
Washington Times (AP): “James River power line case goes to Va. Supreme Court”