The N.C. Utilities Commission this afternoon resolved a long-simmering dispute over an electric utiltiy's plans to build a substation and transmission lines near a Cherokee holy site in Western North Carolina.
The commission closed the matter and reaffirmed Duke Energy's plans to build the substation and power lines. The matter became moot last year after Charlotte-based Duke found an alternate site, out of view from the sacred valley the Cherokees refer to as Kituwah.
However, the Utilities Commission was left with a challenge filed in 2010 by the Swain County Commission and by an ad-hoc group calling itself Citizens to Protect Kituwah Valley. The Commission said today the issue is resolved, but if those groups have still have concerns, "they will need to pursue that remedy in the appropriate court."