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Dominion has said it is sensitive to the history of the region and environmental concerns. It has said it has worked to plot a route that would minimize its impact.

The Army Corps review would not only assess the line’s impact on historic resources, but also wildlife. The review, for instance, will examine the project’s impact on giant Atlantic sturgeon, which sustained Jamestown settlers.

The Atlantic sturgeon has been declared an endangered species by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Sturgeon migrate through the area where the transmission towers would be anchored in the river. The fish spawn upriver.

Dominion said Friday it has begun staging construction materials ahead of the expected May decision by the Army Corps.

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