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Comments on Duke invited

East Lincoln residents can voice their concerns on Duke Power Co. services on April 21.
A representative from Duke Power and a representative from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will be present to answer any questions.
Comments are invited as Duke seeks relicensing.
“Duke is the one that is going through the relicensing procedure and they have been very forthcoming about the information,” said Steve Gilbert, public works director for Lincoln County. “This is giving the public a chance to ask questions.”
Duke Power is relicensing its 13 hydroelectric stations and 11 reservoirs on the Catawba River. The operations of these hydro stations, and the lakes that support them, are licensed by FERC as the Catawba-Wateree Project. The Catawba-Wateree Project hydro stations are licensed under a single license. The current license was issued in 1958 and will expire in 2008.
Some of the concerns at other similar meetings have been about the lake level, recreational opportunities, public access, development and fish quality.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the East Lincoln Community Center, 8160 Optimist Club Road.
For more information on the relicensing process visit www.catawbahydrolicensing.com. by Amy Wadsworth

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