Residents Oppose Energy Company Plan

Progress Energy is hoping to install power lines right through the middle of town.

Buddy Pitts, Greensboro resident, said, "we don't have a whole bunch going for us beauty wise. We don't have any big trees to cover up these high powered lines that's coming through our town all we got is high powered lines, 80 feet poles coming right through the middle of town and the whole town is upset about it and don't want it."

Residents say this historical community may not be eye appealing, but it's always been a safe place to call home. Earl Willis, Mayor of Greensboro, said, "we don't think it's a good idea for the town of Greensboro for safety purposes as much as anything else, the majority of the town oppose to it and I oppose to it."

Many residents say if Progress Energy has its way they could lose upwards of 100 feet of their property.

In a statement to eyewitness news, progress energy officials said, "if we went around the town the impact to the environmental would be greater, to the landowners outside the town, the cost overall would be greater which eventually impacts a greater cost to customers."

Progress Energy will hold an informal meeting Tuesday Oct. 14 to talk about the proposed transmission line. The meeting is scheduled to take place at 5 p.m. in Greensboro High School's cafeteria.


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