- Ed Power
- September 16, 2012 - 11:36
Why aren't the utility companies here installing their cable systems and networks underground as is done elsewhere? We are not the only place in North America - or the world - blessed with an abundance of rock beneath our feet, so why are we still building our utility systems above ground in the face of increasingly severe weather events? Why isn't the installation of buried cabling mandatory in new subdivisions and industrial parks where it could be incorporated into the initial design and construction; and why aren't older systems being buried when they are due for replacement? Should we ever be struck by a Category 2 - or greater - hurricane, or an Ice Storm such as that which struck Quebec in the late 1990's, it will take weeks, if not months, to restore the system at a cost that is unimaginable.I really hope the long term plans of government and industry in this regard are based on more than prayer and wishful thinking.
- September 16, 2012 - 10:01
I believe that under-sized culverts or drainage pipes will be the least of our worries in the near future. When 60 or 70 mph winds can make hydro poles "fall like dominoes", then we have an infrastructure problem we never hear about before. NL Power, Aliant and Rogers utilize the same infrastructure in the urban areas, and when a real hurricane occurs, we will be cut off from the outside world. A 7.1% increase in power rates isn't something that will help soothe the customers of this utility.