The Alliance to Save Carver Road welcomed a $30,000 donation by Prince William County to support a legal challenge to a planned Dominion Energy power line in the Haymarket, Va., area that would serve an Amazon data center yesterday.
“While the donation is a step in the right direction, more funding is needed to fight the legal challenge against Dominion Energy and Amazon, both of which have deep pockets and plentiful resources,” says Joyce Hudson, spokesperson for theAlliance to Save Carver Road. “Substantial financial resources will be needed to push back against the efforts of Dominion Energy and Amazon to destroy a historic African-American community that is home to descendants of freed slaves”.
She noted that a GoFundMe page has been established to pay for potential litigation in the challenge to the power line.
SEE: Protect the Carver Road Community
The county’s donation will go to the Coalition to Protect Prince William County, an organization created on behalf of all affected communities to fight the proposed high voltage transmission line and substation project in the western part of the county. That coalition has standing in the legal challenge.
SEE: Coalition to Protect Prince William County
Dominion Energy’s planned 100-foot-high power line threatens a historic African-American neighborhood southwest of Washington, D.C., made up primarily of elderly residents and containing properties acquired under an 1866 law that allowed freed slaves to own land.
At Tuesday’s news conference in Woodbridge, Va., the Alliance to Save Carver Road and its supporters urged the board to live up to their written commitments to take concrete actions — such as funding a legal challenge to oppose the power lines being built in the Carver Road neighborhood.