Dominion’s Most Brazen Power Grab Yet

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    If there’s anybody government needs to keep an eye on, it’s a MONOPOLY.  But through one of the big loopholes in our system of government, the monopolies that we call utilities get to shovel the money they make from their non-competitive positions into the offices of politicians who are supposed to be regulating them.

    The predictable result is these politicians giving the utilities pretty much anything they ask for.  But every once in a while, they get too greedy and go too far – and will find the public coming after them with pitchforks.

    Case in point:

    A bill filed by Sen. Frank W. Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) would […] free Dominion from regular financial audits conducted by the State Corporation Commission, which oversees utility rates in Virginia.

    We’re talking here about legislation to block the state of Virginia from financial oversight of its 8th largest company.  Legislation that Sen. Wagner actually admitted was drafted by…Dominion.

    The fox guarding the henhouse? No, more like the fox taking over the whole freaking Department of Henhouses.  

    If you’re sick and tired of the political tools down in Richmond acting like lobbyists for Dominion rather than doing their job to regulate it, let them know ASAP. Contact your Delegate (find them here) and your Senator (find them here).

    And contact Dominion too, especially if you’re a customer, to let them know that you won’t stand for this powerful monopoly trying to shield itself from public scrutiny. You can send them a tweet at @DomVaPower or post to their Facebook page.

    We are the citizens of a democracy, not corporate vassals. Businesses certainly have a role in our society, but is the role of an actor, not that of our ruler. When companies like Dominion go too far, they need to hear from the public, loud and clear. Otherwise, they will keep going until their power over us is absolute. Don’t stand for it – fight them while we still have the power to fight.  

    • pontoon

      Of the legal trespass statute from 2004!  Guess he’s been writing laws for the benefit of Dominion for quite some time!

    • MorrisMeyer

      Even the SCC sees the ugliness in this one.  Very clear that Saslaw is doing Dominion’s bidding and ignoring the best interest of Virginia’s energy consumers.

      This will not stand.

      Ignoring your regulatory responsibility is truly doing nothing for Virginians and everything for Dominion.  It is quite clear that Saslaw is categorically unable to do the right thing.

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/