Senator Declan O’Scanlon responded to power outages impacting hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans following recent nor’easters.
Sen. Declan O’Scanlon called for BPU hearings in Monmouth County following recent power outages. (Wikimedia Commons)
“It seems to me, that anytime we have more than a zephyr, branches and trees take out power lines across New Jersey. This is unacceptable,” said O’Scanlon.
Governor Murphy recently expressed outrage towards utility companies operating in New Jersey and has called for an investigation by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) into storm preparation.
“North Jersey really took a beating with these storms in the past few weeks,” said O’Scanlon. “Monmouth can relate. We got walloped by Sandy. Swaths of our communities often lose power every time there’s a storm. If there are going to be discussions about how our power companies are operating, Monmouth County is the ideal place to have them.”
O’Scanlon represents New Jersey’s 13th Legislative District, primarily the Northern Monmouth County Bayshore area.
“We need a new approach to storm management from the bottom up. What we have been doing is obviously not working,” O’Scanlon added. “Vegetation management needs to be part of the discussion, but it’s not the full solution. The complexities of New Jersey communities, their existing infrastructure, business, and social needs, is obviously something we need to really take into account when assessing best practices and procedures for our power companies.”