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Brochin Calls for Hearing on Hurricane Irene Outages

Brochin: "It is beyond my comprehension why communities have to sacrifice when BGE seems to be doing so well."

Sen. Jim Brochin is calling for a hearing by the Baltimore County Senate delegation on efforts to restore electrical power in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Brochin called for the hearing in a Sept. 6 letter to Sen. Kathy Klausmeier, a Perry Hall Democrat and chairwoman of the county Senate delegation. (See attached document.)

"Like other state senators, my district had communities that did not get their power restored for eight days, not to mention all those parents who were inconvenienced by the fact that so many county schools were unable to open for days," wrote Brochin, a Towson Democrat. "With record profits, bonus payments, and a pending merger that will net top executives millions of dollars, it is beyond my comprehension why communities have to sacrifice when BGE seems to be doing so well."

Brochin asks that any hearing deal with issues surrounding the time taken to respond to the storm, why BGE didn't contract more workers from other companies around the country, and why the power company didn't prioritize schools for power restoration as it did hospitals.

Brochin asks for the hearing to be scheduled during the special session on congressional redistricting now planned for the week of Oct. 17.

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Rosey September 07, 2011 at 08:00 PM
My husband is a lineman, and I personally am really sick and tired of hearing all the whining. It was a hurricane people!! There were crews from out of state here to help. They work around the clock to restore power. Everyone needs to put their big boy/girl panties on and deal with it. I normally do not vent, but enough is enough. If you think you can do a better job, by all means do it, then we will talke.
Robert Armstrong September 07, 2011 at 08:09 PM
Like I said before, you haven't seen anything yet. Wait until Exelon takes over.
walker September 07, 2011 at 08:33 PM
to all the cry babies who are stating that the postings are about crew workers and those that worked around the clock. why dont you READ. the story is about """why BGE didn't contract more workers from other companies around the country, and why the power company didn't prioritize schools for power restoration as it did hospitals""" has NOTHING. i repeat NOTHING to do with who evers husband is a line men or who came from out of state and didnt see their family for 10 thousand hours and a million minutes. read read read. so tired of reading comments from people that twist stuff. this has to do with BGE as a company and those top guys who control what goes on. my lord please give these people some hope.
walker September 07, 2011 at 08:39 PM
dont blame people for voicing about no power just because of bge greed. your husband and other workers had to work so hard and around the clock because your husbands company didnt want to spend the extra money to bring in more help. dont blame the people that pay their electric bill that provides a paycheck to your family which pays for the food on your table.
Rosey September 07, 2011 at 09:31 PM
walker, you are an idiot. They had crews come in from other states to help. as far as paying a bill so I can eat, I pay the same bill as you do. How about you do the job since you are such an expert!
walker September 07, 2011 at 09:49 PM
when did you become my doctor lady. do you know what idiot means. fyi. it means: a person affected with extreme mental retardation. lady unless you are a doctor do not call me an idiot. did i call you stupid because you read the article wrong. no i didnt. its funny you keep saying they brought in crews from out of state and the article states different. yet i am not saying they didnt cause i am sure they did. i think they needed more help. as for being an expert. well i sorry i didnt choose to do a job with electric. and i sure hope you havent had a job or have a job in education. maybe you should re-read the article you are making comments on. then look at whos calling who an idiot.
Bill September 08, 2011 at 03:09 PM
I'm not sure where you heard about the generator rumor but my father and his neighbor both work for BGE (and worked 16+ hours per day for a week and a day) and both had extended outages greater than 2 days (my power was out about 2 days too), and neither brought home a generator from BGE. Rumors aside, 1400 linemen were brought in from out of state. Those workers have to be paid as well, and their home power companies also need to maintain their own levels of staffing so they can provide service to their customers. So there is a limit to how much help you can bring in. We are in the middle of hurricane season, so any coastal states would probably be smart not to let a lot of their workers travel to help us. BGE brought in help from as far west as Ohio. I think there is probably a limit to the distance a power company would let their employees travel, depending on the scale of the disaster (ie this was bad but it was no Hurricane Katrina). The power lines are above ground, and when the wind blows, the infrastructure gets damaged and depending on the scale of damage for any particular incident, it could take a crew the better part of a day to fix it. By the way, have you compared our rates to the rates paid by customers of another major metropolitan utility company?
Bart September 08, 2011 at 03:42 PM
Bill, thank you for your insight. On our street, 2 of the crews were from Ohio, the next day, there was a young man checking the status of lines behind the houses from Gettysburg, PA. It is times like these that bring out the best, and regretfully, the worst in some people. Some people feel that somebody is getting more or better than they are. Here is where the childish behavior and the rumors begin. There was one person complaining about service who never even lost power. It takes all kinds.
alex September 08, 2011 at 06:01 PM
"With record profits" - Wrong "Why BGE didn't contract more workers from other companies around the country" - They did "why the power company didn't prioritize schools for power restoration as it did hospitals." - They did
alex September 08, 2011 at 06:04 PM
Some employees worked as many as 21 hour shifts during the hurricane. Power is a convenience. Get over yourself senator. You wanna pursue someone... go fine Irene for all the public damage she did.
alex September 08, 2011 at 06:04 PM
False
alex September 08, 2011 at 06:07 PM
Actually Walker, BGE did pay the money to bring in more help. Try getting the facts straight before you try to attack a woman for speaking the truth.
alex September 08, 2011 at 06:08 PM
Walker... I dont know about an idiot... but you are definitely wrong. You may just be bitter or possibly misinformed... but 1 thing is for certain... the points you are making are incorrect.
walker September 08, 2011 at 06:46 PM
false
walker September 08, 2011 at 06:52 PM
if i am not mistaken wasnt school delayed . closed the first couple days due to no power. answer please. yes. heres another fun fact. lady i know works for bge not only brought home a generator for herself but another for someone else who didnt have one. want another fun fact. ok. why would someone make a huge stink about something publicly that wasnt true or didnt have their facts in order. so you people are saying that this guy who is calling bge out on what they didnt do turns out that he is wrong and bge really did do what he claims they didnt. not buying what you people are selling.
Rosey September 08, 2011 at 07:07 PM
BALTIMORE, Aug. 26, 2011 – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced that it has pre-mobilized more than 3,800 employees, contractors and out-of-state linemen and support personnel in an effort to proactively prepare for extensive system damage and widespread outages, due to Hurricane Irene’s forecasted impact on its Central Maryland service area. Since Wednesday, more than 1,000 out-of-state and contract linemen, tree personnel and support staff from Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas and Indiana, have been to secured to assist BGE in restoring service to customers as safely and as quickly as possible. – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced that it has pre-mobilized more than 3,800 employees, contractors and out-of-state linemen and support personnel in an effort to proactively prepare for extensive system damage and widespread outages, due to Hurricane Irene’s forecasted impact on its Central Maryland service area. Since Wednesday, more than 1,000 out-of-state and contract linemen, tree personnel and support staff from Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas and Indiana, have been to secured to assist BGE in restoring service to customers as safely and as quickly as possible.
Bart September 08, 2011 at 07:20 PM
You go, girl! And as I remember, we received a phone message before Irene, from BGE announcing a very similar thing, along with tips to be prepared. That was the first time I could ever recall ever receiving a call like that. I think BGE did a pretty good job. And, on the news this morning, I heard where BGE had restored power to over 60,000 homes due to the recent rain storms and flooding of the last few days.
walker September 08, 2011 at 09:34 PM
do you people have any clue. do you know what pre-mobilized means. do you think that bge had more than 3,800 people out working on outages. the more you people comment the more i know why this state has issues. just because someone put out a statment doesnt mean jack. what it does do however is cover someones rear and to please those that do not read between the lines. you read and believe what you want to. ask yourself this. out of those 3,800 people how many of them were sitting behind a desk, or working inside, how many of those people are just the clean up crew who sweep or pick up sticks. then ask yourself how many people were really outside working on lines and getting power restored.
Bill September 08, 2011 at 10:31 PM
Walker, can you substantiate these accusations? Do you truly know how the storm workforce was allocated?
walker September 08, 2011 at 11:07 PM
oh dear baby jesus. / BILL. isnt that the reason Brochin called for the hearing, isnt that the reason this news was posted. isnt that what Brochin is pretty much asking for answers on. / i to want BGE to answer how it allocated the storm workforce.
walker September 08, 2011 at 11:11 PM
i dont care about what BGE announced about its pre-mobilized more than 3,800 employees, contractors and out-of-state linemen and support personnel "IN AN EFFORT TO PROACTIVELY PREPARE FOR" I want to know how they did it and how many were allocated for what job. Hell BGE could have brought in 3,000 clean up guys and only 800 line men. .
kevin September 08, 2011 at 11:40 PM
Walker your lying as a matter of fact if what your saying is true contact the BGE intrgrity line and that employee will be fired. No one took home a generator as a matter of fact Rob Gould was seen purchasing two for his home at a hardware chain which announced it to the customers as it was going down. I want to know what did you do for your neighbors during the storm.Obviously your a former employee probably let go for your obvious lack of Integrity or a union organizer still smarting from losing an election 80% to 20% .Thank you all who are posting honest reports about interacting with the people who worked around the clock.
kevin September 08, 2011 at 11:51 PM
By the way Walker do you know why schools open two hours late or not even all during snow and ice events.Because the state and local jurisdictions handle the main roads and emergency first.They don't even prioritize schools during a little ice so it would seem to me Mr.Brochin supports our SHA and County roads divisions about school priorities during other weather events what was different about a hurricane? BGE would be smart to work on local old age homes and paying customers first 75% don't have kids in school.Did you have to SPEND time with your children because BGE didn't open the schools first?
walker September 09, 2011 at 02:24 AM
hey kevin. bill gates purchaed a pc not too long ago which had nothing but microsoft software on it. wish my kids were not grown cause i would love to SPEND that time with them. sorry sir never have i worked for bge nor do i ever want to. perfectly happy doing what i do. as for what did i do for my neighbors during the storm. i made sure my trash can was put away so it didnt fly into someones house or car. what did you do. seems to me you are a brochin hater.
walker September 09, 2011 at 02:27 AM
oh kevin one other thing. no reason to lie and no reason to contact bge to tattle tale. ever heard the saying snitches get stitches. no way man im scared of my neighbors.
kevin September 09, 2011 at 04:24 PM
So your just a coward ,who makes things up .I don't hate Brochin but if your his type of supporter he is in enough trouble .He might be misinformed but your flat out lying.
walker September 09, 2011 at 06:58 PM
yes sir. coward of the county. thats me.
Buck Harmon September 12, 2011 at 04:07 PM
We have all become too dependent on the systems in place... old failing infrastructure will not get any better through legislation or investigation... responsible citizens need to better prepare themselves for these kinds of events, for they seem to be on the rise. We need to take responsibility for our own actions with regard to being prepared for the worst case tragedy.
MTH September 23, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Brochin....typical idiot Democrat!
Freddy September 24, 2011 at 01:36 AM
Fortunately for this storm I had a home generator installed earlier in the summer. The neighborhood lost power for 15 hours. The reason I had to purchase that was due to frequency power outages when the wind blows. These storms happen and I think BGE was on the ball for one of the first time in years. What the politicians need to do is stop the rate hikes to pay for the storms damage, overtime and outside agency help. When the weather is great we don’t get a rebate do we? So when damage happens its just part of doing business.

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