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Letter: Consultant not needed on Nova Scotia Power problems


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On September 9, 2014 the residents of Nova Scotia paid for a United States consulting group to tell us the obvious about ourselves.

We in Nova Scotia seem to have a really good track record at this. Be it for repairs to wooden vessels (the Bluenose included - and how long have we been (and still are) building wooden vessels in this province), as it was in this case, we paid Liberty Consulting of Pennsylvania to tell us that the lights went out because the forecast was wrong. Therefore the Power Company should hire its own forecasters so they said in their 37-page report for the NS Utilities and Review Board. (I guess you pay by the page these days.) This would actually be quite humorous if it did not cost us, the taxpayers so much money, and beside that - it simply was not consistent with the facts.

Actual analysis by boots on the ground, real people going and looking, instantly determined what the problem was. Poorly maintained power line right of ways - no more no less.

On Cape Sable Island where there are few tree encroached right of ways and not a single power feeder failed. In Middle and Upper Ohio where you cannot find the power lines for trees the power was out for days. An altered forecast would not have kept the trees from blowing down on to the power lines. I do not need a consulting company from another country to tell me that.

In Nova Scotia we have really good professionals, engineers, doctors, technologists, scientists and yes even consultants. Why would our recent governments pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to foreign country consultants to get wrong information? Local firms are every bit as good if not better, and, have the added impetus to get it right because they live here and have to get along with their neighbours - especially if the lights go out or the boat does not float!! It is not hard to see why our youngest and best people are fleeing the province in droves. Would it be we could still elect politicians with backbone to deal with the obvious?

Don Bower

Lower Ohio

 

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