FirstEnergy’s Mon Power Contempt for Land Owners

In my holler today, we had a perfect example of FirstEnergy’s contempt for private property in WV.

As I have noted on The Power Line, a 138 kV transmission line owned by FirstEnergy subsidiary Mon Power crosses the narrow valley where I live in southern Calhoun County.  The power line right-of-way crosses the state road in our holler, so Mon Power and its contractors have direct access to the right-of-way from the public road.  The hillsides are steep, however, and you can’t ride four wheelers up them to check the condition of the right-of-way on the ridge tops.

In the past, Asplundh workers have accessed the right-of-way from our road.  They did so for about a week several years ago, and we saw their litter build up day after day along the road, until we asked them nicely to please leave our holler in the same condition in which they found it.

This afternoon, an orange Asplundh truck drove up our road and parked on my neighbor’s tractor road next to one of my meadows.  Asplundh workers drove four wheelers out of the truck and up a logging road across the land owned by two of my neighbors.  Asplundh is a contractor with Mon Power which contracts to clear right-of-way in our area.  The Asplundh employees never stopped at any of the residences on our road to ask permission to park or travel across my neighbors’ land.  They just did it.

Mon Power has no permission to use any access roads in any of the right-of-way agreements that established the right-of-way for the 138 kV line.  Mon Power and its contractors must either travel only on the right-of-way, or they must get separate permission to cross any other private property.

Did they do that in this case?  No.  The Asplundh employees didn’t even have the decency to knock on my neighbors’ doors and ask permission.  Both my neighbors were home today.

This is a very mundane example, but it shows clearly that Ohio corporation FirstEnergy, its subsidiary Mon Power, and its out of state contractor Asplundh, have utter contempt for the institution of private property in West Virginia.

My neighbor did put a note on the truck windshield informing Asplundh that they were not welcome to help themselves to her access road again.

5 thoughts on “FirstEnergy’s Mon Power Contempt for Land Owners

  1. Just a note? Doesn’t she own a chainsaw? 😉 Asplundh is composed of some of the rudest, ignorant, money-grubbing bastards, in fact they might even out bastard their employer. They make up all kind of crap about what they have the “right” to do, none of which bears any resemblance to reality. But don’t expect any help from Mon Power… they’ll refer you to a forester who will take… oh, 30 days or so, to call you back. You just have to take matters into your own hands and confront them (just kidding about the chainsaw… a healthy does of bitch works wonders).

    • Yeah. We can deal with them.

      In fact, “bitch” was exactly the word that some Asplundh workers used to describe another of my neighbors a few years ago.

  2. Would that be one of the two I know? They probably called me that too, although not to my face. Didn’t matter…. we won the standoff about the use of herbicides… and Asplundh “won” the milking of the clearing job. I laughed at them for hours one afternoon watching them clear one little bush on the edge of my property that was never going to get more than 8 ft. tall, but made it a pain in the rear to mow. They were careful to clean up their mess on the “bitch’s” property too, so it was all good in the end, except for the nicely padded bill they sent to the fools Allegheny Power for the “make work” job.

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