SPB-killed tree disrupts electrical power

Fallen tree disrupting electical 

Dead trees along power lines are a hazard to the continuous flow of electricity. In the particular instance pictured above, a dead tree being cut by an inexperienced chainsaw operator fell backwards on to the power line. Four utility crews worked for 3 hours before service was restored to 2,500 customers.

Some questions to consider when assessing the impact of southern pine beetle outbreaks:
     What are the monetary costs for utility companies to remove hazardous trees and repair damaged transmission lines?
     What are the tangible and intangible costs to the homes and businesses that have no power while service is interrupted?

  Prepared 10 April 2002. Send comments and suggestions to John Foltz.

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