New Stafford County Transmission Line

State regulators will hear more testimony today in a hearing on Dominion Virginia Power's planned transmission line through a heavily populated area of Stafford County.

Residents urged a State Corporation Commission official on Wednesday, in the first day of the hearing, to force the company to put the power line underground.

The proposed power line spans five miles westward from Aquia Harbour and will connect to a proposed substation.

Dominion's application to the SCC includes the option for an overhead line, a single-circuit underground line, or a double-circuit underground line.

The power company prefers an overhead route. The county and residents pushed the SCC to choose the underground circuit.

But Dominion's attorney argued that buried lines are costlier and more difficult to maintain. Stephen Watt said that, for example, underground power failures take much longer to find and repair.


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