4/26/2016
Appalachian Power to use helicopters to maintain some power line rights of way

CHARLESTON, W.Va., April 26, 2016 – Beginning on or about June 1, Appalachian Power, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), will maintain the rights of way for some power lines in West Virginia by applying herbicides by helicopter.

“The company generally makes aerial maintenance applications only in less populated areas where terrain and accessibility make it difficult for ground-based crews to safely clear rights of way,” said John Ertz, senior utility forester. Rights of way in populated areas, as well as near parks, ponds and other sensitive areas, are maintained by other means.

Customers with questions about the company’s aerial maintenance program can call a toll-free number, 1-800-642-3622, for information. Customers also can write for information at AEP, Bluefield District, 2507 Washington Street, Bluefield, WV 24701; or Charleston District, P.O. Box 1986, Charleston, WV 25327.

Herbicides used by AEP have been registered for use on rights of way by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDoA), Ertz said. Herbicides to be used are 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, glyphosate, imazapyr, metsulfuron methyl, fosamine, triclopyr, aminocyclopyrachlor, aminopyralid and picloram. Each has been extensively tested by the manufacturer, colleges and governmental and independent research laboratories.

Rigid EPA and WVDoA restrictions and regulations are carefully observed by AEP contractors in applying herbicides. All areas to be treated are visually checked by helicopter pilots in advance to verify the location of any sensitive areas and to ensure that people or domestic animals are not visible in the area to be maintained. All applications are made by contractors who are certified applicators. Questions concerning these herbicides may be addressed to the EPA and the WVDoA.

Right of way maintenance agreements between AEP and landowners are available to landowners who prefer to accept responsibility for clearing the right of way crossing their property in lieu of aerial application of herbicides.

The agreement compensates the landowner by an amount equivalent to the cost of aerial herbicide application, provided the work meets AEP’s specifications.

Residents who have questions about the program or who want to alert the company to the location of sensitive areas near power lines, such as springs, wells, streams, lakes, ponds, orchards, crop areas, gardens, pastures, meadows, year-round dwellings, public recreation areas and Christmas tree plantations, should also contact the company. To prevent any misunderstanding about the location of the sensitive areas being reported, the number of the nearest pole or tower should be provided. Numbers are posted on utility poles and on one leg of utility towers.

After the maintenance program begins, a 24-hour telephone service at the above number will provide information daily on locations scheduled for maintenance.

Complaints about possible damage resulting from herbicide applications should be made by contacting AEP at its toll-free number or the above addresses. Complaints also may be directed to the WVDoA, Pesticide Regulatory Programs Unit, which can be reached in Charleston at 304-558-2209.

Lines scheduled for maintenance in West Virginia include:

 

BOONE COUNTY

Bim-Sundial 69 kV - A transmission line beginning at the Bim Substation near Bim, running north, passing near Marnie, Prenter, Sylvester, Blue Pennant, Pettus, Eunice and Edwight, and ending at the Sundial Substation near Sundial.

Culloden-Wyoming 765 kV - A transmission line on metal towers beginning at the Wyoming Substation near Clear Fork, running north, passing near Burning Rock, Cyclone, Amherstdale, Lundale and Kelly Mines, and ending at Structure 123A near Sharples.

Hopkins-Danville 12 kV - A distribution line on wood poles beginning at Hopkins Substation, running southeast and ending at US 119.

Hopkins-Turtle Creek 12 kV - A distribution line on wood poles beginning at Hopkins Substation, running southeast and ending at US 119.

Hopkins-Turtle Creek 12 kV - A distribution line on wood poles beginning at Lick Creek, running southwest along US 119, passing Turtle Creek, Mud River and Low Gap, and ending at the Big Ugly exit off US 119. This includes both communication towers along this route.

Hopkins-Woodville 34.5 kV - A distribution line on wood poles beginning at Lick Creek Road, running northwest and ending at the communications tower.

Stone Branch-Big Creek 12 kV - A distribution line on wood poles beginning at Big Ugly near the community center, running southwest and ending at the communications tower.

Robinson-Robinson 12 kV - A distribution line on wood poles beginning at Boone Hospital, running northeast and ending at the communications tower near Price Hill.

Boone-Boone 12 kV - A distribution line on wood poles beginning at Ridgeview, running southeast and ending at the communications tower.

Peytona-Drawdy 12 kV - A distribution line on wood poles beginning at Drawdy Mountain, running west and ending at the communications tower.

Hopkins Fork 12 kV - A distribution line on wood poles beginning at Hopkins Fork Substation, running north and ending at Fosterville.

Boone-Hopkins 46 kV - A transmission line on wood poles beginning at the Boone Substation off of Brushton-Ashford Road in Ashford, running south, passing the mid-point of Ridgeview and ending near Camp Creek Road.

 

CABELL COUNTY

Amos-Hanging Rock 765 kV - A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Amos substation off of Route 817 in Poca, running west, passing the mid-points of Eleanor, Hurricane and Milton, and ending near Route 2 in Lesage.

 

CLAY COUNTY

Belva-Clendenin 46 kV - A transmission line on wood poles beginning in Belva and running northwest to Clendenin, passing through Twenty Mile Creek, Vaughn, Rock Camp Fork, Bob Reedy Fork, Sycamore Creek, Route 16 in Bickmore, Hartland, Elkhurst, Dorfee and Bomont, and ending in Clendenin.

Franks Branch Tap 138 kV - A transmission line beginning near Belva, running southeast and ending at the Vandalia Strip Mine Road.

 

FAYETTE COUNTY

Belva-Clendenin 46 kV - A transmission line on wood poles beginning in Belva and running northwest to Clendenin, passing through Twenty Mile Creek, Vaughn, Rock Camp Fork, Bob Reedy Fork, Sycamore Creek, Route 16 in Bickmore, Hartland, Elkhurst, Dorfee and Bomont, and ending in Clendenin.

Bradley-Kanawha #2 138 kV - A transmission line beginning at the Kanawha River Plant near Glasgow (Kanawha Co.), running southeast, passing Gallagher, east of Standard, McDunn, Powellton, Kincaid and Plum Orchard Lake, and ending at Bradley Substation near Bradley.

Claremont Tap 46 kV - A transmission line beginning at the Thurmond switch off Buery Mountain Road, running southwest and ending at the Claremont Substation near Stone Cliff.

Kanawha-Matt Funk 345 kV - A transmission line on metal towers beginning at the Kanawha River Plant near Glasgow, running southeast, passing near Standard, Powellton and Mahan, and ending at the W.Va. Route 612 crossing near Mossy.

 

KANAWHA COUNTY

Amos-Kanawha 345 kV - A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Amos Substation off of Route 817 in Poca, running south, passing the mid-points of Sissonville and Pinch, and ending near Route 60 in Glasgow.

Belle-Cabin Creek-Marmet 46 kV - A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Marmet Substation near Lens Creek Road in Marmet, running south, passing the mid-point of Chesapeake, and ending at Slaughter Creek Road near Cabin Creek.

Belva-Clendenin 46 kV - A transmission line on wood poles beginning in Belva and running northwest to Clendenin, passing through Twenty Mile Creek, Vaughn, Rock Camp Fork, Bob Reedy Fork, Sycamore Creek, Route 16 in Bickmore, Hartland, Elkhurst, Dorfee and Bomont, and ending in Clendenin.

Bradley-Kanawha #2 138 kV - A transmission line beginning at the Kanawha River Plant near Glasgow (Kanawha Co.), running southeast, passing Gallagher, east of Standard, McDunn, Powellton, Kincaid and Plum Orchard Lake, and ending at Bradley Substation near Bradley.

Cabin Creek-Kanawha #2 138 kV -  A transmission line on steel towers beginning near the Cabin Creek Substation near Chelyan, running northeast, passing near Crown Hill and ending at the Kanawha River substation near Glasgow.

Cabin Creek-Toms Fork (Gallagher Spur) 46 kV - A transmission line on wood poles beginning near Rhonda Substation near Rhonda, running east and ending at the Gallagher Substation near Gallagher.

Carbondale-London 46 kV - A transmission line near London, running east and passing near Dunn Hollow and Smithers, and ending at the Carbondale Substation near Carbondale.

Kanawha-Matt Funk 345 kV - A transmission line on metal towers beginning at the Kanawha River Plant near Glasgow, running southeast, passing near Standard, Powellton and Mahan, and ending at the W.Va. Route 612 crossing near Mossy.

 

LINCOLN COUNTY

Midkiff-West Huntington 138 kV - A transmission line on wooden poles beginning at the Tri-State Substation off of Route 75 in Kenova and running south, passing the mid-points of Lavalette and East Lynn, and ending near the town of Rockville on Route 10.

 

LOGAN COUNTY

Culloden-Wyoming 765 kV - A transmission line on metal towers beginning at the Wyoming Substation near Clear Fork, running north, passing near Burning Rock, Cyclone, Amherstdale, Lundale and Kelly Mines, and ending at Structure 123A near Sharples.

Hopkins-Logan 138 kV - A transmission line beginning at Stone Branch, running southeast and ending at CR. 7 near Rock Lick.

Huff-Wharncliffe 46 kV - A transmission line on wood poles beginning at the Wharncliffe Substation near Wharncliffe, running north, passing near Twisted Gun, Gilbert, Verner and Christian, and ending at the Huff Substation near Huff Junction.

Old Pond Tap 138 kV - A transmission line beginning at the Old Pond Substation near Wharton, running north and ending at Bim.

 

MASON COUNTY

Amos-Hanging Rock 765 kV - A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Amos substation off of Route 817 in Poca, running west, passing the mid-points of Eleanor, Hurricane and Milton, and ending near Route 2 in Lesage.

 

McDOWELL COUNTY

Baileysville-Tazewell 138 kV - A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Baileysville Substation near Baileysville, running southwest, passing near Fan Rock, Wolf Pen, Belcher Mountain, Carswell, Northfork and Keystone, and ending at the Switchback Substation near Maybeury. Also included is a tap line on steel towers running to the Carswell Substation near Carswell.

Iaeger-Wharncliffe 46 kV - A transmission line on steel poles beginning at the Wharncliffe Substation near Wharncliffe, running southeast, passing near Turkey Creek, Four Pole (Hardy), Long Pole and Short Pole (Panther), and ending at the Iaeger Substation site near Iaeger. Does not include the 46 kV taps to Hardy and Panther substations.

 

MINGO COUNTY

Huff-Wharncliffe 46 kV - A transmission line on wood poles beginning at the Wharncliffe Substation near Wharncliffe, running north, passing near Twisted Gun, Gilbert, Verner and Christian, and ending at the Huff Substation near Huff Junction.

Iaeger-Wharncliffe 46 kV - A transmission line on steel poles beginning at the Wharncliffe Substation near Wharncliffe, running southeast, passing near Turkey Creek, Four Pole (Hardy), Long Pole and Short Pole (Panther), and ending at the Iaeger Substation site near Iaeger. Does not include the 46 kV taps to Hardy and Panther substations.

Sprigg-Matewan 34.5 kV - A distribution line beginning at the beginning of Warm Hollow, running northeast and ending at the communications tower.

Sprigg-Rawl Sales 12 kV - A distribution line on wood pole structures beginning at Sprigg Substation, running northwest and ending at the Rawl Sales Prep Plant.

Sprigg-Wharncliffe 46 kV - A transmission line on wood poles beginning at the Sprigg Substation near Sprigg, running southeast, passing near Matewan, Red Jacket, Thacker, Grapevine, Glen Alum and Bens Creek, and ending at the Wharncliffe Substation near Wharncliffe.

 

NICHOLAS COUNTY

Belva-Clendenin 46 kV - A transmission line on wood poles beginning in Belva and running northwest to Clendenin, passing through Twenty Mile Creek, Vaughn, Rock Camp Fork, Bob Reedy Fork, Sycamore Creek, Route 16 in Bickmore, Hartland, Elkhurst, Dorfee and Bomont, and ending in Clendenin.

Franks Branch Tap 138 kV - A transmission line beginning near Belva, running southeast and ending at the Vandalia Strip Mine Road.

 

PUTNAM COUNTY

Amos-Hanging Rock 765 kV - A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Amos substation off of Route 817 in Poca, running west, passing the mid-points of Eleanor, Hurricane and Milton, and ending near Route 2 in Lesage.

 

RALEIGH COUNTY

Bim-Sundial 69 kV - A transmission line beginning at the Bim Substation near Bim, running north, passing near Marnie, Prenter, Sylvester, Blue Pennant, Pettus, Eunice and Edwight, and ending at the Sundial Substation near Sundial.

Bradley-Tams Mountain 46 kV - A transmission line on wood poles beginning at the Bradley Substation near Bradley, running southwest, passing near Prosperity, Eccles, Shockley and Glen White, and ending at the Tams Mountain Substation on Tams Mountain.

Dameron-Leewood-Sundial 69 kV - A transmission line on steel towers and wood poles beginning at the Dameron Substation near Dameron, running northwest, passing near Workmans Creek, Ameagle, Dorothy, Packsville, Marfork, Pettus and Eunice, and ending at the Sundial Substation near Sundial.

 

WAYNE COUNTY

Midkiff-West Huntington 138 kV - A transmission line on wooden poles beginning at the Tri-State Substation off of Route 75 in Kenova and running south, passing the mid-points of Lavalette and East Lynn, and ending near the town of Rockville on Route 10.

 

WYOMING COUNTY

Baileysville-Tazewell 138 kV - A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Baileysville Substation near Baileysville, running southwest, passing near Fan Rock, Wolf Pen, Belcher Mountain, Carswell, Northfork and Keystone, and ending at the Switchback Substation near Maybeury. Also included is a tap line on steel towers running to the Carswell Substation near Carswell.

Culloden-Wyoming 765 kV - A transmission line on metal towers beginning at the Wyoming Substation near Clear Fork, running north, passing near Burning Rock, Cyclone, Amherstdale, Lundale and Kelly Mines, and ending at Structure 123A near Sharples.

 

Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 223,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 31,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S.

###

 

 

 

 

Phil Moye
pamoye@aep.com

More From APCO

Take Charge

Save Money & Energy - Now & Later

Sign Up Now Pay Online for Free with Paperless Billing

Pay Online for Free with Paperless Billing

Learn more

Download our app

How We Restore Power Learn more

How We Restore Power

Visit AEP.com
Use of this site constitutes acceptance of the AEP Terms and Conditions. View our Privacy Policy. © 1996-2019 American Electric Power. All Rights Reserved.

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy for Appalachian Power, a unit of American Electric Power (AEP)

Scope

This Privacy Policy applies only to AppalachianPower.com and the Appalachian Power customer mobile app (com.aep.customerapp.apco). Other AEP websites and apps may be governed by their own privacy policies, appropriate to the uses and needs of each. Throughout the site or app, we may provide links to resources and sites that are not part of AppalachianPower.com or the Appalachian Power customer mobile app. This Privacy Policy does not apply to those resources and sites.

Consent

By using this site or app, you consent to the terms of this Privacy Policy. Whenever you submit information via this site or app, you agree to the collection, use, and disclosure of that information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Information Collected

  1. Passively collected information

    During your use of this site or app, we may collect anonymous information about your visit here through the use of server logs, cookies, scripts, tracking pixels and other Web traffic tracking systems. This information is aggregated and used to improve user experience through analysis of user activities. This information is never combined with any of the personally identifiable information you may provide in your use of the features of this site or app.
  2. Personally identifiable information

    On certain forms of this site or app, you may be asked to provide information about yourself or your account with us, either to identify yourself to us or to request a service from us. In each case, we will inform you what information is provided at your option and what information is required to complete the transaction or activity you are engaged in. If you are unwilling to provide this required information, you will be unable to complete the requested transaction.

Use and disclosure of information

The information you provide to us will be used to respond to requests you may make for services. Some or all of this information may be added to your permanent account record and may be used for research purposes.

In addition, we may use elements of this information in the following situations:

  1. We may transfer the information to Appalachian Power’s affiliates and subsidiaries, unless such transfer is prohibited by law;
  2. We may transfer the information as part of a merger, consolidation, acquisition, divestiture or other corporate restructuring (including bankruptcy);
  3. We may make the information available to third parties who are providing the product, service or information that you have requested (but not your password);
  4. We may make such information available to third parties who are providing services to Appalachian Power (for example, providing the information to third parties performing computer-related services for Appalachian Power);
  5. We may use the information to communicate with you about products and services that may be of interest to you.
  6. We may disclose the information if we form a good-faith belief that disclosure of such information is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding any illegal activities or regarding interference with the operation of our site or violation of its terms of use; or
  7. We may disclose the information if we believe that disclosure is required by law or regulation or in response to a subpoena or other order of a court or other governmental agency.

Appalachian Power uses Flurry Analytics Service (provided by Yahoo) in order to improve its mobile apps. Flurry’s privacy policy governs the use of this information.

Also, Appalachian Power reserves the right to share any aggregated information (i.e., non-personally identifiable information) with any third parties for any reason, unless prohibited by law.

We will not sell, rent or otherwise disclose the information we gather about you or your account to any third party, except as outlined in this Privacy Policy.

Security

Appalachian Power takes reasonable steps to protect your personally identifiable information as it is transferred to us, through the use of Web technologies such as the Secure Sockets Layer and others. However, no Internet transmission of information is ever completely secure or error-free. In particular, e-mail sent to or from Appalachian Power may not be secure.

How to Reach Us

If you would like to update your personally identifiable information or if you have questions about this privacy policy, please contact us.

Changes to This Policy

Appalachian Power reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time. If this Privacy Policy changes, the revised policy will be posted to this site. Please review this Privacy Policy before you provide any personally identifiable information through this site. Use of our web site after the posting of a revised privacy policy constitutes your consent to the revised policy.

This policy was last revised on December 13, 2017.

Close ×

Sign Up For Alerts

Subscribing to APCO alerts gives you instant notification for:

  • Billing & Payments - avoid late payments and disconnection
  • Outage Updates - find out if there's an outage at your address and when power will be back on

Win an Xbox One with Alerts!

Enroll in alerts to be eligible to win. Subscribing to I&M alerts gives you instant notification for:

  • Billing & Payments - avoid late payments and disconnection
  • Outage Updates - find out if there's an outage at your address and when power will be back on

Loading video...

×