In December 2007, Piedmont Environmental Council submitted the testimony of nine expert witnesses to the VA State Corporation Commission. These witnesses outline the many reasons this transmission line application should be denied by the SCC.
Dr. Hyde Merrill has a doctorate in electrical engineering from MIT and has been a power system planner for over 20 years. His review shows that the line is not needed and would only lead to increasing reliance on remote coal-fired power plants.
PEC's GIS Specialist Watsun Randolph prepared maps which show the potential areas impacted by both proposed transmission line routes, including portions of Skyline Drive, Civil War battlefields, Historic Districts and Scenic Rivers.