Thursday, February 7, 2013

City Council unanimously passes bill to explore putting power lines underground

Hope this is a fast track effort. Aside from the obvious benefit of
hardening against storms, moving utilities underground has an
incredible impact on neighborhood greenery and aesthetics. Countless
trees on countless streets were hacked down to make way for electric
utility poles in the race to electrify the country on the cheap. That
we're still living with the quick and cheap fix is unacceptable.

"The City Council yesterday unanimously passed a bill to explore the
possibility of moving New York City's power lines underground. The
bill requires the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and
Sustainability (OLTPS) to conduct a study that will determine where in
the city relocation of the power lines would be most effective and
help strengthen the infrastructure in the wake of Superstorm Sandy."

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