by Ron Gregory
- Charleston – Today, the Kanawha County Commission voted to issue a Notice of Violation to the parties responsible for recurring landslides at Blue Creek Road in Elkview.
Blue Creek Road, for years, has been the site of recurring landslides that block the road, according to commissioners. Each time the road is blocked hundreds of residents become stranded and cut off from police, fire, and EMS services.
Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC, which operates gas wells in the area of the landslides, recently filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to abandon its operations on the property adjacent to Blue Creek Road.
The Commission intends to object to Columbia Gas’s application to abandon the Blue Creek property.
Commission President Kent Carper said, “Blue Creek is a known hazard, and it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed.”
He continued, “The gas company’s plans to ‘cut and run’ by abandoning this site without a fix is totally unacceptable.”
Commissioner Ben Salango stated, “Legal action should be a last resort, but we are 100% committed to making Blue Creek Road safe for the citizens of Kanawha County. We will pursue every available option until the landslide is fixed.”
Commissioner Lance Wheeler added, “We exercised due diligence in identifying the parties responsible for the Blue Creek landslides. Our ultimate goal remains the same — to cause the landslide to be repaired and to make Blue Creek Road safe.”