Substation vandalism a growing concern

 
By Randy Edison, The Advertiser

Published on July 15, 2015

Thefts at area electrical substation are becoming much too common and Newfoundland Power has issued a plea to the public to help catch the culprits.

Newfoundland Power

On or before Tue., July 14, vandals illegally entered the company’s substation, located in Bishop’s Falls, by cutting a hole in the security fence, a press release stated today. Copper grounding wire that was connected to the high voltage electricity grid was stolen.

“We are extremely disturbed that despite our warnings, vandals have once again broken in and illegally entered our high voltage substation in Bishop’s Falls,” says Gary Murray, Vice President, Engineering and Operations, Newfoundland Power.

“We are very concerned that this is the fourth substation in Central Newfoundland that has been illegally entered in the past six weeks where copper wire connected to high voltage, energized equipment has been stolen.“

This type of activity creates a very serious safety risk for Newfoundland Power employees, contractors, the general public and the vandals themselves, and compromises the integrity and reliability of the provincial electricity system.

“Not only is this type of illegal activity extremely dangerous for those involved, it is unacceptable that these vandals would put others at risk of being seriously injured or killed,” concluded Murray.

Newfoundland Power will pay $5,000 to any individual for the information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person, or persons, responsible for this crime. Anyone with information regarding this incident, or any act of theft or vandalism to electrical equipment, is encouraged to contact their local Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary detachment or Crime Stoppers.