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Underground power lines will continue to be inspected

A safety situation has been resolved in Bethel.

 

Eversource Energy buried 22 miles of high-voltage power lines between Bethel and Norwalk nearly a decade ago.  Since then, the company has conducted annual inspection reports on the system. In December, then Northeast Utilities said the annual inspections were no longer necessary.  The company asked the Connecticut Siting Council to discontinue the requirement. 

 

Some of the power lines are buried through the educational park, a concern for many if the inspections were to be discontinued.

 

A letter was sent to Bethel activist Geraldine Mills, who is an intervenor in the case.  Mills says there's an earthquake fault that runs below the middle school, and the inspections should continue.  She called the First Selectmen in the towns where underground power lines run through their municipalities to alert them about the utility's plans.

 

None of the leaders of area towns were alerted by Eversource or the Siting Council to the potential change.  The response from Bethel residents and officials swayed Eversource Energy this week to withdraw its request.

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Todd Schnitt

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