- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers is seeking the public’s thoughts on a proposed high-voltage power line that would cross a historic section of the James River.

The corps has scheduled a hearing for Friday night in Williamsburg to gather additional information on the transmission line proposed by Dominion Virginia Power.

The project has been a lightning rod for criticism because it would string the overhead power line on steel towers rising nearly the height of the Statue of Liberty.

Preservation and conservation groups have complained because the towers would be within sight of parts of Jamestown Island among other historic attractions.

Dominion maintains the transmission line is needed to ensure reliable power to a growing region of the state.

The Army Corps is considering various aspects of the project.

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