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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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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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