In response to a flood of criticism, Duke Energy is changing its plan to power the western Carolinas. It's still replacing a coal plant in Asheville with natural gas, but the company will not build a transmission line through the mountains.
Duke Energy received more than 9,000 comments on the project, and much of the outcry focused on the transmission line.
Southern Environmental Law Center attorney D.J. Gerken says the large power line would've been a visual scar that cut through conservation lands and fragmented habitats.