Central Maine Power Company, 83 Edison Drive, Augusta, ME 04336 (207) 622-NEWS
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CMP suspects vandalism in recent Somerset County outages
AUGUSTA, Maine, May 2, 2008 — Central Maine Power Co. reports that vandals may have caused a power outage that affected more than 1,350 customers in communities from The Forks to Jackman last week. The utility has notified local law enforcement, the Maine Public Utilities Commission, and the Department of Homeland Security of its suspicions following an investigation of damaged equipment on a transmission line that feeds northern Somerset County.
The outage was reported at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23. CMP was also notified of a woods fire along the company’s transmission corridor in the town of Moscow, where repair crews found several damaged insulators that may have allowed an energized power line to start a fire in nearby brush and grasses. The fire was extinguished by local fire fighters, and the utility was able to restore service shortly after 7 p.m. CMP believes that the insulators may have been damaged by gun shots.
Central Maine Power is asking the public to contact the Somerset County Sherriff’s Office with any information that might lead to the identification of those responsible for the damage.
About CMP: Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of Energy East Corporation, operates more than 25,000 miles of power lines and other facilities that deliver electricity to 80 percent of Maine’s population. Web site: www.cmpco.com.
About Energy East: Energy East Corporation is a respected, super-regional energy services and delivery company serving about 3 million customers throughout upstate New York and New England. By providing outstanding customer service and meeting customers’ energy requirements in an environmentally responsible manner, Energy East will continue to be a valuable asset to the communities we serve.
— CMP —