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Delegate Tim Hugo to Introduce Legislation for Undergrounding Power Lines

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Delegate Tim Hugo, alongside House Commerce and Labor Chairman Terry Kilgore, Delegate Bob Marshall, Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors Corey Stewart, Prince William County Supervisor Pete Candland, and Prince William County Supervisor Jeanine Lawson, announced his intentions to introduce legislation in the 2018 General Assembly session that will ensure the proposed 230 kV power lines in Haymarket are buried.

“For more three years, the citizens of western Prince William County have watched as the current regulatory process has failed to resolve the problem of burying the proposed power lines,” said Delegate Hugo. “The I-66 hybrid route is the only acceptable route. I am confident that we will find a solution to burying these power lines and protecting the quality of life in western Prince William County.”

“I recognize that the quality of our electrical grid is not only a security issue, but a quality of life issue as well,” said House Commerce and Labor Chairman Terry Kilgore. “Working alongside my House colleagues and local elected officials, I am confident that we will develop the framework to upgrade our grid infrastructure to the standards required of the 21st century.”

“I, along with the rest of the Board of County Supervisors, have been fighting for a resolution to this issue for the citizens of western Prince William County for some time and want to thank Delegate Hugo for his commitment to our mutual constituents,” said Chairman Corey Stewart. “As Chairman, I look forward to working with everyone involved towards finding a solution to bury these proposed power lines.”

“The citizens I represent and with whom I have worked for the past three years have my full assurance that if additional power is actually needed for this Haymarket project, I will continue to fight for the hybrid underground route,” said Delegate Bob Marshall. “That has been our shared goal for the past three years.  There is no plan B. I believe that with the commitments made here today by elected officials and others, we are much, much closer to that goal.”

“For three years, we’ve defended the community against the threat of more power lines running through our neighborhoods. Now it’s time for everyone to come to the table and contribute towards a buried line solution,” said Brentsville Supervisor Jeanine Lawson.

“Locating the proposed power lines has been a problem that has gone on for too long. Working with every stakeholder to get these power lines buried has my full support,”said Gainesville Supervisor Pete Candland.

“I applaud Delegate Tim Hugo and Prince William County leaders for putting forward a plan for underground power lines. This is important not only for Prince William County, but for other communities in Virginia as we work to maintain and enhance grid infrastructure. Our energy grid is critically important to our economic and national security,” said Ed Gillespie, candidate for Governor.

For more information about this ongoing project, visit dominionenergy.com/haymarket.

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