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Mon County officers invite FERC to Cheat Lake for boat journey, second public listening to on Lake Lynn Dam re-licensing

MORGANTOWN — The Monongalia County Fee and Planning Fee have collectively invited the Federal Power Regulatory Fee again to Cheat Lake for one more public listening to on the Lake Lynn Dam re-licensing.

The supply even features a boat journey.

FERC is reviewing Lake Lynn Technology’s software to resume its Lake Lynn Hydroelectric Mission license. As a part of the appliance, Lake Lynn Technology/Eagle Creek Renewable Power suggest to take away 307.1 acres surrounding Cheat Lake from federal safety. FERC held a public listening to in Morgantown on the case on Sept. 25.

They are saying they may make no modifications to operations or services. Lake Lynn proposes to regulate the challenge boundary to incorporate solely lands needed for operation and upkeep of the facility station. They won’t promote any land. The eight non-contiguous areas within the boundary proposal will permit them to regulate the challenge boundary to observe the contour line of the excessive reservoir elevation, 870 toes, and produce all components of the boundary into the very best contour line.

However the proposal has generated vital skepticism and opposition from the general public and varied teams with an curiosity within the lake — who concern the land might in reality be offered off to builders. The letters of concern additionally embody criticism of the corporate’s upkeep of the general public entry areas.

One of many involved teams is Cheat Lake Setting and Recreation Affiliation. CLEAR President Duane Nichols co-signed the invitation letter with Mon Planning Fee Director Andrew Gast-Bray.

The letter is dated Dec. 7 however was filed final Friday; FERC despatched out notification of its addition to the case docket on Monday.

The letter says the county fee and planning fee are extending the invitation to permit FERC to subject further public suggestions following proposed modifications and extra data submitted following the Sept. 25 listening to.

“Please be suggested that the county wish to additionally invite you to go to the positioning and areas impacted by this course of, presumably together with, however not restricted to a go to by boat — such was supplied by County Commissioners Arnett and Sikora,” the letter says.

CLEAR despatched its personal letter requesting one other public listening to on Nov. 28. Nichols signed the letter despatched on behalf of CLEAR and “all the opposite residents of the area plus the varied organizations having an curiosity within the Lake Lynn Dam, the Cheat Lake Park & Path, the border lands, the scenic panorama and the habitat for wildlife in all its kinds.”

The rationale for the request, CLEAR mentioned, was that due to the massive turnout Sept. 25, not everybody was heard and never all subjects have been explored sufficiently. “And there might have been misunderstandings within the public area that resulted in misguided deal with the a part of the general public.”

CLEAR would love the listening to to be held in County Fee chambers and embody the state Division of Pure Sources.

CLEAR’s letter features a memo despatched to the county fee in regards to the proposed listening to. It notes that preliminary discussions have already taken place amongst Allan Creamer at FERC, Jocelyn Phares of DNR, and Gast-Bray.

“This method can facilitate a public course of that in any other case would require rather more time, extra folks and considerably extra expense. And, this chance can present a handy public service with emphasis on intergovernmental cooperation,” it says.

The memo says CLEAR anticipates that FERC will subject a second scoping doc in early December, which would want to outline such a public listening to. A 30-day authorized discover would then be positioned in The Dominion Publish to explain the listening to set in January, for instance. (FERC scoping paperwork are used to finish the environmental evaluation required by the Nationwide Environmental Coverage Act.

CLEAR is also amongst these describing poor park upkeep. It beforehand informed FERC, “The present re-licensing mustn’t go ahead till the language is robust sufficient to carry the licensee liable for sustaining the challenge lands to the specs wanted to maintain the operation protected and challenge space recreation pleasant. The present proprietor must cease the dereliction of responsibility.”

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