Stephens Calls for Hearing on Power Outages
HARRISBURG-- Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) said Rep. Robert Godshall (R-Montgomery), chairman of the House Consumer Affairs Committee, has agreed to Stephens’ request to hold a public hearing in Montgomery County next month to address concerns stemming from the Feb. 5 ice storm that knocked out power to more than 800,000 electric customers in southeast Pennsylvania.

“We need to know how we can better protect our infrastructure to minimize power outages during storms like this and Hurricane Sandy in 2012,” Stephens said. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Power outages are a public safety issue and we need to do all we can to avoid them.”

“Five days after the storm, more than 13,000 Montgomery County households were still without power,” Godshall said. “We must find more effective ways to protect people in these situations, whether it involves rerouting power lines or improving tree removal and maintenance. The committee will explore potential solutions when it meets on this issue.”

Godshall said the public hearing will be scheduled for early March.

The Feb. 5 ice storm set a record as the second worst for power outages in PECOs history, topped only by Hurricane Sandy.

Representative Todd Stephens
151st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: David Foster
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