Newfoundland Power is asking the general public to be on the lookout for individuals vandalizing the province’s electricity system.
Recent acts of vandalism involved damaging insulators near the Rose Blanche hydroelectric plant.
Newfoundland Power cautions that not only does this cause power outages, this type of activity creates a serious safety risk for utility employees, contractors, the general public and the vandals themselves.
Gary Smith, Newfoundland Power’s vice-president of customer operations and engineering, calls the incident in Rose Blanche particularly alarming. “This action was taken without any regard for the consequences,” Smith said in a news release.
“Our customers rely on us to deliver safe, reliable service, every day,” said Smith. “Besides the inconvenience to our customers and the cost to the Company, our primary concern is the potential for injury or even death.”
Newfoundland Power will pay $5,000 to anyone for information leading to an arrest and conviction related to this crime. Anyone with information regarding this incident, or any act of theft or vandalism to electrical equipment, is encouraged to contact their local Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary detachment or Crime Stoppers.
Newfoundland Power has a consumer base of more than 250,000 accounts.