4/18/2017
Appalachian Power to use helicopters to maintain some power line rights of way

CHARLESTON, W.Va., April 18, 2017 – 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, Attn: Transmission Forestry, 2507 Washington Street, Bluefield, WV 24701; or Charleston District, Attn: Transmission Forestry, 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 glyphosate, imazapyr, metsulfuron methyl, fosamine, triclopyr, aminocyclopyrachlor and aminopyralid. Each has been extensively tested by the manufacturer, colleges and governmental and independent research laboratories.

Rigid EPA and WV Department of Agriculture 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 WV Department of Agriculture.

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-Hopkins 69 kV – A portion of a transmission line on wood poles beginning at the Lanta Switch near Lanta and running southwest, ending at the Jack’s Branch Station on Jack’s Branch.

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

Hopkins Fork 12 kV – A distribution line on wood poles beginning at the Hopkins Fork Station and running northeast, crossing the mountain and ending at Big Coal River at Fosterville.

Culloden-Wyoming 765 kV – A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Culloden Station off of James River Turnpike in Culloden and running south, passing the mid-points of Yawkey and Mifflin and ending near the intersection of Rt. 119/17 in Sharples.

Boone-Ward Hollow 46 kV – A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Boone Station near Brushton-Ashford Road in Brushton and running north, passing the mid-points of Ashford and Brounland and ending at the Alum Creek Station near Alum Creek.

Baileysville-Kanawha #1 138 kV – A transmission line on steel structures beginning at the Kanawha River Plant near Glasgow, running southwest near Ronda, Dawes, Red Warrior, Garrison and Packsville, and ending at the Sundial Station near Sundial. 

CLAY COUNTY

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

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

FAYETTE COUNTY

Bradley-Mollys Creek 138 kV – A portion of a transmission line on steel poles beginning at the Mollys Creek Station on Beury Mountain Road and running southwest approximately one-half mile, ending at the old Beury Mountain Switch.

Mollys Creek Extension 69 kV – A portion of a transmission line on steel poles beginning at the Mollys Creek Station on Beury Mountain Road and running southwest approximately one-half mile, ending where the line intersects with the Bradley Layland 2A 69 kV line.

Mollys Creek-Nuttall 138 kV – A transmission line on steel poles beginning at the Mollys Creek Station on Buery Mountain Road and running northeast, passing near Pittman, Landisburg and Clifftop, and ending at the Nuttall Station near Lookout.

Nuttall Extension 69 kV – A transmission line on steel structures beginning at the Nuttall Station near Lookout and running northwest, passing Lookout and ending where the line intersects with the Mt. Nebo-T 117 69 kV circuit south of Spy Rock. 

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

Kanawha-Matt Funk 345 kV – A transmission line on steel towers beginning near W.Va. Route 612 and crossing at Mossy, running southeast, passing Plum Orchard Lake and Packs Branch, and ending near the Route 16 crossing in Bradley.

KANAWHA COUNTY

Cabin Creek-Turner 138 kV – A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Cabin Creek Station near Third Avenue in Cabin Creek and running northwest, passing the mid-point of Marmet and ending near Pauley Lane in Charleston.

Capitol Hill-Kanawha River 138 kV – A transmission line on wood poles beginning at the Clendenin Station near Reamer Road in Clendenin and running south, passing the mid-point of Young’s Bottom and ending at the Rutledge Switch near Rutledge Road in Charleston.

Cobb Tap 138 kV – A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Cobb Station near Clendenin and crossing the Elk River, ending at the Thorofare Creek Station near Clendenin.

Amos-South Buffalo 138 kV – A transmission line on wood poles beginning at a tap structure near Silver Street in Poca and running northeast, ending at the Sisson Station near Second Creek Road in Sissonville.

Boone-Ward Hollow 46 kV – A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Boone Station near Brushton-Ashford Road in Brushton and running north, passing the mid-points of Ashford and Brounland and ending at the Alum Creek Station near Alum Creek.

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

Baileysville-Kanawha #1 138 kV – A transmission line on steel structures beginning at the Kanawha River Plant near Glasgow, running southwest near Ronda, Dawes, Red Warrior, Garrison and Packsville, and ending at the Sundial Station near Sundial.

LINCOLN COUNTY

Culloden-Wyoming 765 kV – A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Culloden Station off of James River Turnpike in Culloden and running south, passing the mid-points of Yawkey and Mifflin and ending near the intersection of Rt. 119/17 in Sharples.

LOGAN COUNTY

Logan-Wyoming #1 138 kV – A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Logan Station near Logan and running southeast, passing near Neibert, Rita, Taplin and Man, and ending at the Huff Creek Station near Huff Junction. This includes a tap line on wood poles running to the Rum Creek Station near Dehue.

Logan-Wyoming  #2 138 kV – A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Logan Station near Logan and running southeast, passing near Rossmore and Rich Creek and ending at the Guyandotte River crossing near Landville.

Chauncey-Chauncey 12 kV – A distribution line on wood poles beginning at the Chauncey Station and running southwest, ending at Omar.

Chauncey-Chauncey 12 kV – A distribution line on wood pole structures beginning at Barnabus and running south, ending at Stirrat.

Pigeon Creek-Horsepen 12kV – A distribution line on wood poles beginning at Deadman Branch and running northeast, ending at the gas compressor station at the top of the hill.

Logan-Sprigg #1 138 kV – A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Logan Station near Logan and running southwest, passing near Mt. Gay, Whitman, Bradshaw, Pine Gap, Ragland, Taylorville and Varney, and ending at the W.Va./Ky. state line near Surosa. This also includes a tap line passing near Omar and ending at the Chauncey Station near Chauncey.

Logan-Sprigg #2 138 kV – A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Logan Station near Logan and running southwest, passing near Mt. Gay, Whitman, Bradshaw, Pine Gap, Ragland, Taylorville, and Varney, and ending at the W.Va./Ky. state line near Surosa. This includes a tap line to the Pine Creek Station, as well as a tap line beginning at the Ragland Station near Ragland, running southeast, passing near Varney and Musick, and ending at the Grant Branch Station near Pie.

Culloden-Wyoming 765 kV – A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Culloden Station off of James River Turnpike in Culloden and running south, passing the mid-points of Yawkey and Mifflin and ending near the intersection of Rt. 119/17 in Sharples.

McDOWELL COUNTY

Jim Branch-Yukon 138 kV – A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Jim Branch Station near Coalwood and running south, ending at the Yukon Station near Yukon.

Berwind-Yukon 138 kV – A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Yukon Station near Yukon and running southeast, passing near Warrior Mine and ending at the Berwind Station near Berwind.

MINGO COUNTY

Pigeon Creek-Horsepen 12 kV – A distribution line on wood poles beginning at Katie Fork and running northwest to the top of the hill at the communication tower, then running southwest and ending at the communication tower.

Pigeon Creek-Horsepen 12 kV – A distribution line on wood poles beginning at the top of Horsepen Mountain on U.S. 52 and running south, ending at the communication tower at the top of the mountain.

Borderland-Chattaroy 12 kV – A distribution line on wood poles beginning at Falls Branch and running northwest, crossing the mouth of Chattaroy, Alley Branch, Dan’s Branch and Barrett Hollow to the mouth of Brewer Hollow, turning northeast to the top of the hill, then turning north and ending at Parker Fork of Millers Creek.

Borderland-Chattaroy 12 kV – A distribution line on wood poles beginning at the Fairview Addition and running southeast, ending at the tunnel at West Williamson.

Borderland-Chattaroy  12 kV – A distribution line on wood poles beginning at Nolan and running northwest, ending at Big Splint Hollow.

Borderland-Nolan 12 kV – A distribution line on wood poles beginning at the mouth of Road Branch and ending at the Mingo County State Road Garage.

Cinderella-Vinson Street 12 kV – A distribution line on wood poles beginning at the head of Valley View and running northeast, then turning southwest and ending at Vinson Street.

Cinderella-Vinson Street 12 kV – A distribution line on wood poles beginning near Williamson Memorial Hospital and running northeast, ending at the top of the hill near the communications tower.

Middle Burning Creek-Kermit 12 kV – A distribution line on wood poles beginning at Middle Burning Creek and running northwest, ending at Lower Burning Creek.

Middle Burning Creek-Naugatuck 12 kV – A distribution line on wood poles beginning at Naugatuck and running northwest, ending at the Middle Burning Creek Station.

Logan-Sprigg #1 138 kV – A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Logan Station near Logan and running southwest, passing near Mt. Gay, Whitman, Bradshaw, Pine Gap, Ragland, Taylorville and Varney, and ending at the W.Va./Ky. state line near Surosa. This also includes a tap line passing near Omar and ending at the Chauncey Station near Chauncey.

Logan-Sprigg #2 138 kV – A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Logan Station near Logan and running southwest, passing near Mt. Gay, Whitman, Bradshaw, Pine Gap, Ragland, Taylorville, and Varney, and ending at the W.Va./Ky. state line near Surosa. This includes a tap line to Pine Creek Station, as well as a tap line beginning at the Ragland Station near Ragland, running southeast, passing near Varney and Musick, and ending at the Grant Branch Station near Pie.

PUTNAM COUNTY

Culloden-Wyoming 765 kV – A transmission line on steel towers beginning at the Culloden Station off of James River Turnpike in Culloden and running south, passing the mid-points of Yawkey and Mifflin and ending near the intersection of Rt. 119/17 in Sharples.

Amos-South Buffalo 138 kV – A transmission line on wood poles beginning at a tap structure near Silver Street in Poca and running northeast, ending at the Sisson Station near Second Creek Road in Sissonville.

NICHOLAS COUNTY

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

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

RALEIGH COUNTY

Baileysville-Kanawha #1 138 kV – A transmission line on steel structures beginning at the Kanawha River Plant near Glasgow, running southwest near Ronda, Dawes, Red Warrior, Garrison and Packsville, and ending at the Sundial Station near Sundial.

Kanawha-Matt Funk 345 kV – A transmission line on steel towers beginning near W.Va. Route 612 and crossing at Mossy, running southeast, passing Plum Orchard Lake and Packs Branch, and ending near the Route 16 crossing in Bradley.

WAYNE COUNTY

Big Sandy-Lavalette 34.5 kV – A transmission line on wood poles beginning at the Big Sandy Plant near Prichard and running northeast, passing the mid-point of Fort Gay and ending near Route 152 near Wayne.

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 224,000 miles of distribution lines.  AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP supplies 3,200 megawatts of renewable energy to customers.

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Phil Moye
pamoye@aep.com

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