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Mitigate or avoid? Key question on power lines project

Mitigate or avoid? Key question on power lines project

If approved, building the Surry-Skiffes Creek 500-kilovolt transmission lines will be an intricate task.

Special care will have to be taken to avoid historic and environmentally sensitive sites in a river that was a key part of the nation's founding.

At the heart of the issue are two opposing viewpoints: Dominion's stance that the project's adverse impacts can be mitigated versus environmental and historic preservation groups that argue the project will cause permanent damage.

The arguments will be on display at a meeting between Dominion, the Army Corps of Engineers and environmental groups opposed to the project on Tuesday in James City County, where the topic will...

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