Conservation group celebrating after denial of industrial facility on Blackwater Canyon

TUCKER COUNTY, W.Va. — A proposal to build a large industrial power generating facility on the edge of the Blackwater Canyon has been shut down, leaving conservation groups celebrating.

The United States Forest Service announced its ruling on the matter this week citing the proposal by Freedomworks LLC was flawed because it conflicted with the approved National Forest Plan. Judith Rodd with Friends of Blackwater, a conservation group around the canyon said people rallied for this result.

“People love Blackwater Canyon and they didn’t want to see that happen,” she said. “They wanted to be preserved and all that beautiful view that the tourism people put out there, to stay like it is.”

Monongahela National Forest Supervisor Shawn Cochran wrote a letter to Freedomworks on March 4 about the proposal, citing regulations that protect the Big Run Bog which would have been affected by the proposal.

“We’re very pleased that the Forest Service followed their forest management plan and said they are not going to allow this disturbance on Big Run Bog, which is a natural landmark,” Rodd said.

The proposal was for a pump storage project where the company would build two reservoirs, one on top of a mountain and one on the bottom of the mountain. The facility would turn generators, turns turbines and creates electricity but Rodd said the effects it would have is not worth what it does.

“Two trout streams would have been totally underwater with this lower reservoir and of course the Black Water Canyon and the viewshed where you would have had this big industrial complex on top of the mountain that you could see from Windy Point,” she said.

Rodd said this would have created a lot of Earth movement and tubes running throughout the underground.

More News

Stuart sweeping through new drug laws to protect kids, regulate retailers
Senator Mike Stuart had two drug-related bills pass unanimously in both the House and Senate.
March 30, 2023 - 1:00 am
Governor acts on a mountain of bills but is conflicted on sports transfer policy
Up against deadline, the governor still had decisions to make on 161 bills.
March 29, 2023 - 9:02 pm
U.S. Marshals locate missing West Virginia juvenile in Maine
Multiple authorities assisted in finding the missing juvenile.
March 29, 2023 - 8:12 pm
West Virginia officials pleased with FDA's approval of over-the-counter Naloxone
Gov. Justice, Senator Capito, Manchin among officials to recognize the value of FDA's over-the-counter Naloxone approval.
March 29, 2023 - 4:41 pm