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Commission backs Stop PATH Web site

September 20, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. - The Morgan County Commission has agreed to support www.stoppath.net, a Web site with an online petition opposing the construction of a new high-voltage transmission line through Morgan County.

The Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATH) has been proposed by American Electric Power and Allegheny Energy. The 244-mile, 765-kilovolt transmission line would run from southern West Virginia to Frederick County, Md.

Jerry Berman, director of Citizens Against PATH, said the site has been up for about a week, and several hundred Morgan County residents and property owners have signed the petition.

Commission President Glen Stotler said the commission is in support of the Web site as long as it is a unified effort. He said it must oppose PATH anywhere in Morgan County. He said he believes the existing lines must be used and need to go higher and not wider.

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The commission adopted a resolution opposing PATH on Aug. 22. The commissioners did not learn that Morgan County was proposed for the PATH project until early August.

A public meeting was held by American Electric Power and Allegheny Energy on Aug. 14 that showed four possible routes. More than 250 people attended the meeting and voiced disapproval of the project.

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