Duke Energy has a long record of flexing its monopolistic muscle without fear of accountability. After all, my friend, corporations are people ... and big corporations are big people who can throw their weight around like bulls in a china shop, breaking whatever they want.
With that in mind, you'll be saddened to read the story below, received today via email, but you won't be surprised.
Since it is earth day, I wanted to tell you what Duke Energy did on my property in Otto, NC (Macon County).
I inherited this property from my mother who recently passed, and there is a power pole in her backyard. The property runs along Hwy. 441 South. About a year ago, Duke came through here and clear cut ... like building a road ... all the trees, mountain laurel, dogwoods, wildflowers, ferns, etc., then cam back through and sprayed something that burned everything it touched, light Agent Orange. And there is a river below where they sprayed all this. They have destroyed my property value and I am livid at the mess they left behind for me to clean up.
How can these big companies come on someone's property and do that kind of damage and just walk away and leave the mess for the property owners? I complained to the tax office and they said "Call Duke!" My parents had this property for years and nothing like this has ever happened before. If Duke needed to cut a few trees, I could understand that, but they destroyed everything. I have been trying to clean up what they just threw on top of my mother's flower gardens, left big trees and brush on top of everything and just walked away.
This is not right. What kind of recourse do I have against Duke Energy for damages. I have contacted them many times, as well as the Utility Commission.
Thank you for any insight you can give as to what we can do to stop these corporations from being able to do this to property owners.
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