Proposed power line focus of public hearings

By Cecelia Mason

cmason@shepherd.edu

The West Virginia Public Service Commission will take comments from the public during a series of hearings on a proposed high voltage power line that will cross much of the state. The Trans Allegheny Interstate Line will begin in southwestern Pennsylvania and will cross six counties in West Virginia on its way to northern Virginia.

PSC Director of Consumer Affairs Byron Harris the Commission wants to hear from those who oppose the line, and those who support it.

Byron Harris: “I’m sure there are people who support the power line. There have been letters filed to that effect of why they believe the power line is needed or why they believe it is not needed. Also, very specific routing information is important if a customer feels like a company has not adequately considered where their house is located or where they may have a water well, for example. That sort of specific information would be helpful if the commission does approve the line.”

Two hearings are scheduled this week. The first is Tuesday night in Morgantown at WVU’s Erikson Alumni Center and the second is Wednesday in Grafton at the Taylor County Senior Citizens Center. Two more hearings will take place next Monday (Oct. 29) at the Canaan Valley Resort and Tuesday (Oct. 30) at Moorefield’s South Branch Inn. There will be hearings at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on each of those days.

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