Entries by Joan Walker

Power lines, pipelines and property rights

Citizen-Times Guest Column Property owners in Henderson and Polk counties are learning about the limits on their rights to control the property they own and to control what happens to the hillside they view from their back porch. When electric power lines and pipelines are needed for the public use and benefit, the state of […]

Greenville Water: Duke project would harm water quality

Greenville Online Greenville Water System says one route proposed for a Duke Energy transmission line project that cuts through the water system’s watershed could threaten water quality for its 500,000 customers. Water system leaders have expressed concern over the quality of water in its North Saluda Watershed in northern Greenville County if Duke Energy clear-cuts […]

City of Hendersonville adopts resolution on power line

Hendersonville Lighting, September 10, 2015 Bolstering a letter it wrote last month to Duke Energy, the Hendersonville City Council on Thursday adopted a resolution calling for an independent review of the need for a 45-mile transmission line through Henderson County and asking the utility to make concessions on the size and nature of the infrastructure. […]

Henderson County passes resolution on transmission lines; inks Wingate lease

Hendersonville Times-News September 8, 2015 The Henderson County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution outlining its position on Duke Energy’s proposed transmission lines during a meeting Tuesday, after an opening Pledge of Allegiance led by four World War II veterans and a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day, Dubbed the Foothills […]

Special Meeting: Hendersonville City Council

Date/Time: September 10, 12:30 p.m. Location: City Hall, 145 Fifth Ave. E. Hendersonville City Council will consider a resolution regarding the Foothills 230 KV transmission line project through Hendersonville proposed by Duke Energy. For more information contact City Clerk Tammie Drake: 828-697-3005

Modernization plan off promised path

Citizen-Times by guest columnists Kelly Martin and Joan Walker Two years ago, the Asheville Beyond Coal coalition was instrumental in the passage of the City of Asheville’s Clean Energy Resolution. That resolution, adopted unanimously by Asheville City Council on Oct. 22, 2013, created a partnership between Duke Energy and the city to help Asheville meet […]