Lawmakers should make BGE bury power lines underground

Regarding Dan Rodricks' recent column on power outages, I totally agree with the solution he proposes ("It's not astrophysics: Bury power lines," July 5).

A number of years ago, during my time in the fire service, I entered into a discussion about power outages with a manager from BGE at an emergency management conference near Owings Mills. When I brought up the idea of burying distribution lines, I thought he was going to take my head off.

He said it was impossible because it would take millions of dollars to bury the lines. He adamantly opposed to the idea, as if the money was going to come out of his pocket.

Rodricks said it would take approximately $1 million dollars a mile to bury the lines. It also said BGE spent $81 million in repairs after last September's storms. It seems to me the money could have been better spent burying 81 miles of distribution lines.

If they need more money, they can obtain it by cutting a little from their executives' fat salaries and stock giveaways, along with eliminating the "smart meters" program.

Now is the time for lawmakers to make a serious effort to develop sound measures that protect our power infrastructure.

Joseph B. Ross Jr., Linthicum

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