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Are utility companies prepared for another northeaster? They better be, Gov. Deval Patrick warns
The Republican ^

Posted on 10/25/2012 2:26:53 PM PDT by matt04

With a potential monster storm menacing the East Coast for Halloween week, Gov. Deval L. Patrick has given utility companies a Friday deadline to submit plans for dealing with the brewing storm, which some forecasters say could be a devastating sequel to last year's October storm.

Early predictions indicate Hurricane Sandy, currently headed toward Florida's coast, might combine with two separate cold fronts – one from the North, the other from the West – to become a super storm capable of producing snow, gale-force winds and flooding.

Patrick spoke firmly during a Thursday morning radio appearance on WTKK-FM, issuing a stern warning to the state's utility companies as the storm system is predicted to head up the East Coast toward Massachusetts – potentially arriving on the one-year anniversary of the Oct. 29, 2011, snowstorm that caused widespread power outages and billions in damage.

Asked on the radio program if the utilities will be ready, Patrick responded "They'd better be."

National Grid and Western Massachusetts Electric Company, the two major utility companies that serve this region, both came under fire for their handling of last year's storm. Both companies say they're in a better position to manage their response to the pending storm.

(Excerpt) Read more at masslive.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: devalpatrick; globalwarming; hurricane; patrick; sandy
Nice utility you have there, be a shame if something were to happen to it.

It would probably be a lot easier for them to prepare for these storms, if the state would tell the environmentalists to go pound sand whey they want to trim trees. Either that or let them work on a cu-de-sac without a off duty cop to control traffic.

1 posted on 10/25/2012 2:26:57 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

Well Hell, Mr. Governor, why don’t you and the gang of thieves you’ve surrounded yourself with just come right on down here and show us how to run an electrical generation and distribution system? I’m sure a bunch of deep thinkers like you and your cronies will have no trouble showing us how it’s done.


2 posted on 10/25/2012 2:32:22 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: matt04

Or you’ll do what, you lout?


3 posted on 10/25/2012 2:33:58 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: matt04

National Grid does not do good maintenance. Many of their power pools are leaning at 30 degree angles. Even ones loaded with transformers. They don’t fix or replace them until they Fall.


4 posted on 10/25/2012 2:39:36 PM PDT by Revel
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To: Lurker

If it’s anything like Gov. Malloy of CT did last year, he will hold press conferences daily, demand they fix multiple transmission lines, substations and thousands of down poles/lines overnight. Whey that doesn’t happen he will then hold another press conference and tell them they are not prepared, lazy etc. then, throw someone from the PowerCo on stage.


5 posted on 10/25/2012 2:42:16 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Lurker

” Or you’ll do what, you lout?”

Why, fine the rate payers, of course. That’ll show ‘em.


6 posted on 10/25/2012 2:45:58 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Lurker

>>Or you’ll do what, you lout?>>

My thoughts exactly.


7 posted on 10/25/2012 2:46:22 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (We can’t just leave it (food choice) up to the parents. -- moochele obozo 2/12/2012 (cnsnews))
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To: Revel

After the 2008 ice storm they came through our town and took out all the bad trees near the power lines. Haven’t lost power since.


8 posted on 10/25/2012 2:52:04 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: matt04

Yeah, a hundred thousand trees go Dow, taking telephone poles with them. And Deval thinks the utilities should be prepared for that.

Clearly his accountants think its ok to have inventory matching his entire plant, AND extra staff to put it all back up in 24 hours.

He is such a tool.


9 posted on 10/25/2012 2:55:51 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (The dude abides.)
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To: matt04

Yeah, a hundred thousand trees go Dow, taking telephone poles with them. And Deval thinks the utilities should be prepared for that.

Clearly his accountants think its ok to have inventory matching his entire plant, AND extra staff to put it all back up in 24 hours.

He is such a tool.


10 posted on 10/25/2012 2:56:00 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (The dude abides.)
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To: Steely Tom

When I read this stuff, I feel like I am reading Atlas Shrugged.


11 posted on 10/25/2012 3:06:41 PM PDT by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: matt04; RaceBannon; stowaway; jjm2111; Mrs.LoneGOPinCT; underbyte; badbackman; Bigfitz; mcswan; ...

OBAMA WILL USE THIS STORM TO SAY POWER IS OUT AND PEOPLE CAN’T VOTE AND HE WILL DELAY THE ELCTIONS OR TRY TO CANCEL THEM

I BET’CHA!


14 posted on 10/25/2012 3:28:27 PM PDT by RaceBannon (When Chuck Norris goes to bed, he checks under it for Clint Eastwood!)
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To: matt04
Utilities to the governor:

"We are in the business of providing utility service, we will not take time out of what we are doing to respond to your request for an explanation of or justification for what we do".

15 posted on 10/25/2012 3:44:06 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Lurker

what a wanker


16 posted on 10/25/2012 3:48:16 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (if the little things really annoy you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: RaceBannon

Not sure if he would be literally that stupid. But one never knows how the goons in the administration will react to anything at this point. They see the writing on the wall.


17 posted on 10/25/2012 3:54:15 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: matt04

Agreed that his statements are not helpful. Here near DC the power companies are already preparing for the storm, which is currently forecast to send it’s main fury north of us. We have still not cleaned up all of the damage from that storm June 29 of this year, although all of the power lines have been repaired.

Note for anyone who loses power, if they need to replace poles, expect to be without power for three days.


18 posted on 10/25/2012 3:56:24 PM PDT by Fraxinus (My opinion, worth what you paid.)
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To: matt04
What an insidious fool. This storm reminded me for some reason of the first Connections show. The entire episode is on YouTube. The normalcy bias sometimes leads to rot from the bottom up. People need to learn that no politician is going to save them. Until they do, we will be electing people with the name of Deval.

The Trigger Effect
19 posted on 10/25/2012 4:14:55 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: matt04
And WHAT, exactly, has this overbearing, arrogant, munchkin Gov. Deval Patrick done to help? Zero, zip, nada. This inbred perfumed prince issues dictates to his subjects and has absolutely no clue how to lead. He couldn't lead a bunch of randy Donkey politicians through a Chinese cat house with a wad of $100 bills and a wallet full of plastic.
20 posted on 10/25/2012 4:17:55 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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>>Patrick spoke firmly during a Thursday morning radio appearance on WTKK-FM, issuing a stern warning

LOL! The little putz looks and sounds just like Mickey Mouse, except for the tie.

21 posted on 10/25/2012 6:10:48 PM PDT by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: matt04

The fact that these know nothing, do nothing politicians probably to a man (and woman) can not wire a simple light switch, in no way deters them from frothing up the masses to shake down the utilities. Shameful.


22 posted on 10/26/2012 5:25:43 AM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: matt04

If a storm hits the predominately blue northeast it will depress the vote. Whether that will justify a redo is a good question but I don’t think there is precedent for calling off the vote nationally for a regional concern.


23 posted on 10/26/2012 5:43:27 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Steely Tom
They regulate energy into a corner then expect perfection when they demand it.
Sorry folks but you cannot have it both ways.
24 posted on 10/26/2012 5:56:01 AM PDT by MaxMax
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