By Dino Drudi, Alexandria
Now that Dominion has vetted a list of potential power line routes and their feasibility, City Hall will have an opportunity to present to the Commonwealth’s corporation commission its concerns about how disruptive this project might prove to be. I would like to suggest an approach that would work well in this circumstance based on a standard business practice.
The following is from the contract between the federal Labor Department and the union representing its metropolitan area employees, but merely states the standard practice in selecting an arbitrator to rule on a basis business dispute: “Arbitrators to fill vacancies on the panel will be mutually agreed to by the parties or selected from a list of seven (7) names supplied by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. If the parties cannot agree upon a name, they will alternately strike from the list until one (1) name remains.”
The City and Dominion could agree to do the same, each striking an alignment until only one remains, thereby allowing each to eliminate the most objectionable alignments until the least mutually objectionable alignment remains. The Commonwealth’s corporation commission could require Dominion to do it this way as well.