Crack Reported In Dam At Duke Energy Facility

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A report was filed Thursday saying a crack formed in a dam at a Duke Energy facility.

The company said a crack formed in an earthen dam that's part of a coal ash impoundment at the Cape Fear Stream Electric Station in Chatham County.

Governor Pat McCrory released this statement after he learned the report was filed:

"This is the latest in a series of troubling incidents at Duke Energy facilities over the past few months, and it's time for Duke Energy to come out of the shadows and to publicly address this growing problem. Initial reports show that the dam does not appear to be in imminent danger of failure. We are going to continue to enforce the law and take appropriate action to address this situation. We need an explanation from Duke Energy as soon as possible – not only to us, but to the people of North Carolina."

A state dam safety engineer says no water was flowing through the dam. Staff members from the Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources are driving to the facility to figure out the cause of the crack and determine whether the crack is a threat to the dam and what can be done to fix it.

According to the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the dam is considered a high hazard dam because of the potential environmental damage if it were to fail.

No homes are near the dam.


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