Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media
Duke Energy has announced its creation of $10 million in grants to protect waterways in five Southern states.
The grants are intended to improve water quality assurance, wildlife habitat protection and expanded public access to waterways in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia, The Charlotte Business Journal reports. They will be distributed by a seven-member committee over the next five years. Eight grants – totaling about $750,000 – have already been awarded.
Lynn Good, Duke Energy CEO, admitted that the conservation grants were inspired in part by the negative publicity the company received in the wake of a February incident in which nearly 40,000 tons of coal ash spilled from one of its power stations into North Carolina’s Dan River.
“Since the accident at our Dan River site, we’ve worked hard to strengthen our operations and to make things right,” Good says in a prepared statement.
Two energy facilities along the Dan are among the first to receive water grants. Duke has also committed over $500,000 unrelated to the grant project to communities along the river that have been affected by the spill.
Read more at The Charlotte Business Journal: Duke Energy established $10M grant program for water resources