Press Release Jun 1, 2018

Parks Group Appeals Judge’s Ruling that Allows Construction of Dominion Transmission Line at Historic Jamestown

NPCA continues to fight in court to protect one of our nation’s most historic regions.

Update: June 29, 2018 - In an attempt to prevent irreparable damage to this historic place, NPCA recently filed emergency motions for an injunction pending appeal in both the District Court and the Court of Appeals. The legal move calls for temporarily halting construction of the transmission line near Jamestown while NPCA’s appeal is pending.

Washington, DC – In a move to prevent construction of Dominion Energy’s massive transmission line across the James River at historic Jamestown, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) today filed a notice of appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Last week a federal district court ruled against NPCA, determining that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers complied with federal environmental laws when granting Dominion Energy the necessary permit to build a transmission line across the James River, a decision that allows Dominion to proceed with construction of the controversial project. Today’s legal move calls for a panel of three judges on the D.C. Circuit to review the federal district court’s ruling to determine whether the district court correctly applied the law to the facts underlying the Corps’ handling of this decision-making process.

“While we were extremely disappointed in the court’s ruling, we assured our members, supporters and the thousands of people who have spoken out against this project that NPCA would continue to fight to ensure this iconic place and all it represents is protected, and today, we stand by that promise,” said Theresa Pierno, President and CEO for National Parks Conservation Association. “This project would not only deface Jamestown but also nearby national park sites like Colonial National Historical Park, Colonial Parkway and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, which collectively protect four centuries of our shared American history. We will continue to fight in court to protect one of our nation’s most historic regions so that future generations will have the opportunity to experience all this treasured place has to offer.”

NPCA is represented in this case by the public interest environmental law firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks LLP. More information about the years-long campaign to protect historic Jamestown is available here.

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About National Parks Conservation Association Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice in safeguarding our national parks. NPCA and its 1.3 million members and supporters work together to protect and preserve our nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for future generations. For more information, visit www.npca.org.

About Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks LLP Since 1993, Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks LLP has represented national, regional, and grassroots conservation organizations in federal litigation on issues of national importance. For more information, visit www.meyerglitz.com. Please direct any legal inquiries about this lawsuit to Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks LLP.