In terms of Lake Lynn Technology’s proposal to the Federal Power Regulatory Fee to take away 307.1 acres surrounding Cheat Lake from federal safety, Associates of the Cheat mentioned it finest: “FOC doesn’t absolutely perceive the justification for the elimination of those lands from the Mission Boundary.”
Lake Lynn Technology has mentioned the elimination is basically for administrative functions — simplifying the challenge’s boundary to solely cowl lands essential for operation and upkeep of the facility station. (It’s necessary to notice that the next public entry areas will stay contained in the boundary and due to this fact beneath federal safety: Cheat Lake Park, Cheat Haven and Tower Run nature viewing areas, Sundown Marina boat ramp and parking zone and Tailwater fishing entry.)
The corporate has additionally repeatedly mentioned it won’t promote the eliminated land. This declare has understandably been met with skepticism, which has led to some somewhat contentious public feedback and hearings.
If Lake Lynn Technology needs to easy issues over, there are few issues it may do:
1. Provide a clearer and extra detailed clarification of why the 307 acres must be faraway from the challenge boundaries, in addition to an in depth clarification of what would occur to the land as soon as it’s now not beneath FERC safety.
2. Present a legally binding doc guaranteeing that the corporate gained’t promote the land, particularly not for any sort of residential or business improvement.
3. Put the land in a belief or in any other case donate it to a company that will safeguard the land and its leisure alternatives, such because the Monongalia County Fee, BOPARC or FOC.
West Virginians, particularly, have realized the exhausting method that corporations’ guarantees are too typically empty. Lake Lynn Technology must supply one thing extra tangible than verbal assurances.