Town Hall Meeting on Duke’s plans with Congressman Mark Meadows

Mark Meadows, the representative of North Carolina’s 11th District – which includes a lot of the area which will be affected by Duke Power’s plans – will be hosting Town Hall Meeting this Friday!  We need to attend to ask him about his stance on Duke Power’s plans and make sure this issue is on our national representatives radar.

The meeting this Friday (August 27th) will be at Blue Ridge Community College from 6:30-8:00 PM.  

The address for Blue Ridge Community College is 180 W. Campus Dr. Flat Rock, NC 28731

A great turnout will go a long way towards making this an issue that Mark Meadows cares about.  Please turnout, ask questions, and make it clear that this is extremely important to his constituency.

If you cannot attend this meeting, another will be held in Lenoir, NC.  This open house will be on September 3rd from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at West Caldwell High School.

The address is 300 W. Caldwell Dr.  Lenoir, NC 28645

Saluda community meeting on Duke Power problem draws massive crowd

Saluda’s residents are deeply troubled by Duke Power’s plans, and they are not afraid to show it.

At a meeting today at the Saluda Fire Department, approximately 700 people – a crowd the size of about half of the population of the whole town – attended presentations to education local residents about Duke’s Western Carolinas Modernization Project.

Event coordinator Cathy Jackson told the Tryon Daily Bulletin that this was the “biggest turnout for anything held in Saluda.”

Presenters focused on Duke’s purported reasoning for the project, as well as helping people without Internet access to submit comments.  Mark Stierwalt, a MountainTrue respresentative, also spoke, emphasizing the need for a united voice, instead of the divisive approach that saying “not in my backyard” represents.  Again from the Tryon Daily Bulletin:

 “With a collective voice we are much louder, we’re all on the same team,” said Stierwalt. “They want to divide and conquer.”  Stierwalt fears that the passion to fight the project as a whole will be lost once the official line is announced. “Even if they choose a line that isn’t in your backyard, you need to continue to fight like it is,” said Stierwalt. “This is our community.”

Attendees of the meeting echoed this collective approach.  Kate Bond, a resident of Lake Adger, said:

 “It’s not a question of not in my backyard, it’s a question of not in my Blue Ridge Mountains,” said Lake Adger resident Kate Bond. “They’re not just taking property, they’re also taking views.”

Support keeps growing and growing, so stand strong will all of those in our community, and we truly can make a difference and win this fight!

 

Fletcher Town Council officially opposes Duke’s plans

Tonight, the Fletcher Town Council joined the chorus of voices in western North Carolina and South Carolina opposing Duke Power’s plan for new transmission lines in our communities.  With a backdrop of “raucous applause,” the Fletcher Town Council officially adopted a resolution to oppose the construction of Duke’s proposed new transmission lines in their area.

With this resolution, Fletcher has joined the Polk County Commissioners and groups representing the towns of Saluda, Laurel Park, and Mills River in officially adopting positions that oppose these proposed power lines.

Craig Harris, a Fletcher resident who attended the meeting, captured the sentiment sweeping western North Carolina when he spoke to Bill Moss of Hendersonville Lightning:

“We moved here 10 years ago and we could never see moving anywhere else,” he said, adding that he grew up in a big city in California with industry and power lines. “We moved here for the beauty of what Fletcher is. To allow something like this transmission line to come through here and destroy a way of life would be a tragedy.”

Read the rest of the article on the website of the Hendersonville Lightning here.

Duke employees will attend SC Public Service Commission hearing in Landrum

In a recent announcement sent out on August 21, Duke Power representatives have told the South Carolina Public Service Commission that they will send Duke Power employees to attend the PSC hearing in Landrum on Thursday, August 27.  Duke’s representatives at the meeting will include those directly involved in selecting the route on which to build their new transmission line, meaning this is a terrific opportunity to directly influence Duke’s decision makers.  Your voices are making Duke Power take notice, and they even mention in this announcement that they’ve received over 4,000 comments so far!

Duke Power’s representatives will not be speaking at this meeting – instead, their employees will wait until after the final application is filed with the South Carolina Public Service Commission to comment publicly and testify at various hearings.

Additionally, Duke Power stated in this announcement that they will, as they’ve previously stated, be announcing their selected route for the new transmission line in early October.  They will then be filing their formal application to commence with construction on all the various parts of the Western Carolinas Modernization Project in late 2015 or early 2016.

Click here to read all of Duke’s announcement.

Meeting Tuesday: Saluda Community

Join the Saluda Community meeting this Tuesday at Saluda Fire Department:

Tuesday, August 25

Drop-In Meeting from 6 to 8:30 pm

Saluda Fire & Rescue
199 Walnut Street (and Greenville St.)
Saluda, NC 28773

(828) 749-9816


SALUDA RAISES QUESTIONS & CONCERNS OVER DUKE TRANSMISSION LINE; WILL MEET TUESDAY

Read the article on WHKP

A group of citizens in Saluda, NC directly impacted by the proposed Duke Energy transmission lines has organized a community meeting to educate Saluda citizens on how this line will affect them and the Saluda economy, environment, and property values.

Volunteers will be on hand with maps and computer stations to help Saluda citizens who do not have access to internet service to see where the proposed lines are in relation to the homeowner’s properties.  With the help of volunteers, you will be able to submit public comments to Duke Energy online.

Tables with letter writing supplies, sample letters, and important official’s contact information will be available, and organizers will assist in letter writing and mailing of the letters. Packets will be distributed with factual information and comment forms for citizens to share with neighbors, family, and friends.  Informative people who have been studying this plan will be on hand to answer questions.

The community meeting will be Tuesday, August 25 at the Saluda Fire & Rescue, 199 Walnut Street (and Greenville St.), Saluda, NC 28773 from 6pm to 8:30pm, (828) 749-9816.

 

Urgent: Public Hearing Thursday in Campobello, SC

We need you in Campobello, SC!


 

Thursday, August 27
6:00 p.m.

Landrum High School Auditorium
18818 Asheville Highway
Campobello, South Carolina 29322

Get Directions


 

The SC Public Commission has agreed to a public hearing. Many of the commissioners do not live in this area and have not seen the public input thus far – we need to show them how many people this impacts.

The SC Department of Natural Resources and the SC Office of Regulatory Staff intervened in the review. [SC Public Service Docket]  This is our opportunity to intervene and ask the Public Services Commission to stop this project!


 

This meeting is with the South Carolina Public Utilities Commission.

 WE ASK THAT ONLY SOUTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS SPEAK AT THE HEARING.

Everyone will be asked to sign in.  When they do so, a checkbox will be included on the sign-in sheet to indicate if you intend to speak.  All speakers will be held to 3 minutes to make their points. 

We want everyone to attend to demonstrate how many people are impacted, but we ask that SC residents are given priority in speaking at the hearing. 

Remember, the Public Service Commission should be considered the judge in a court case, and we are the defense. All speakers and audience members should show respect and consideration to the delegation – demeaning them or being otherwise offensive will not represent or further our cause. 


 

Please attend! Carpool available, contact us.

Tempers flare at BRCC meeting with Duke Power representatives

Duke Power held another informational meeting at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock this week, and many local citizens voiced their opposition to Duke’s Western Carolinas Modernization Project.  While many local residents flocked to the event to voice their concerns and hear from Duke Power directly, Duke Power’s representatives did not actually take questions from the audience.

At one point during the meeting, Travis Rockey, a Flat Rock resident, silenced the crowd with sharp whistles to announce that Gail Simpson, a Duke representative, was in charge and would be taking questions from the audience. That turned out not to be true.

The meeting consisted of different stations that residents could visit to view maps and other information and speak with Duke representatives. The maps showed many possible routes, broken into 44 sections that could be connected to complete the line.

Rockey said the meeting was a “disaster” because Duke “separated everybody like sheep and they don’t have any answers. What they’re doing is just feeding people little bits of information.”

“This whole meeting was a setup and Duke must have paid their PR firm a hell of a lot of money to be able to set this kind of meeting up,” he added. “They divided everybody and they’re trying to conquer them.”

Clearly, the people of Western North Carolina and South Carolina want answers to their very valid questions.  Duke Power simply is not providing these answers at the moment.

Read more here at Blue Ridge Now to get more details from this meeting, and be sure to also check out an editorial on how Duke Power’s public process is only serving to rile up citizens, instead of assuage their concerns.