Duke Energy talks to Vigo Co. about power line plans


WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A potential power line struggle is brewing in Vigo County. Duke Energy has plans to add a more reliable power source to local customers. However, those plans have some folks concerned about how it will affect their homes.

The scene at the West Terre Haute community center resembled an art gallery. Easels with portraits lining the rows as patrons gazed with their eyes transfixed on the pictures. However, on those easels were the plans for a potential 138 kilo-volt power line.

“We invited about 700 people who live within 1,000 feet of one of three proposed options,” Lew Middleton, a representative from Duke Energy explained.

Standing back from the picture it looks like a difficult predicament. Duke Energy said they need to upgrade power lines or their service could suffer. In that same vein, customers are looking at how a power upgrade affects their homes.

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“This is a project that will have an effect on some of our customers,” Middleton said. “So by inviting people here (we are) giving them a forum where they can ask questions of our experts.”

People like Lou Brackell, who pointed out on one of those map portraits how close the possible sites come to his home.

“The one drawing down there is pretty close,” Brackell started. “So I’m just kind of walking around and seeing all the different options they have as far as putting lines in.”

While Lou went looking for answers, just across the room, John Lainge said he just found more questions.

“I have gotten a thorough run around from everybody I talked to,” he said. “One guy down here finally told me he said, ‘you gotta talk to so and so.’ I said, ‘well they’re the ones that sent me over here to talk to you.’”

As the meeting wore on more people came and with them, more questions. As Vigo County gets a glimpse at a future for power running through their backyard.

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