Jul 29, 201102:06 PMBlog

Copper, cable connectors stolen from PUD No. 3

Jul 29, 2011 - 02:06 PM
A break-in Wednesday at a Mason County PUD No. 3 substation on the Tahuya Peninsula west of Belfair resulted in the theft of copper and cable connectors from the high-voltage transformer and distribution equipment.

Besides safety concerns, the cost to replace the cable can be expensive. In this incident alone, PUD officials estimate that the response to the theft and the cable replacement may cost PUD customers nearly $10,000. The cost of material stolen has been estimated at $200. Nationally, the US Department of Energy estimates that copper thefts result in nearly $1 billion of losses to businesses each year.
PUD 3 personnel discovered the damage during a routine maintenance visit late Thursday afternoon.

"This is an extremely brazen and dangerous crime," said Bob Smith, PUD 3 operations manager. "Not only were the suspects putting themselves in extreme danger, but when a substation's grounding system is damaged it can present a danger to the public near the facility and PUD workers who may need to enter the area to conduct maintenance work."

The incident prompted the PUD to switch nearly 2,700 customers served by the substation to the nearby Union River substation. The Collins Lake substation will remain offline while PUD 3 crews make repairs.


Edit Module
Bookmark and Share Email this page Email Print this page Print Feed Feed
Edit Module

About This Blog

Follow our blog for all the latest in local business news. To get the top local business news, subscribe to Daily Biz Briefs email newsletter. As a reader of this FREE email you get breaking business news each business day afternoon delivered right to your email inbox.



Atom Feed Subscribe to the Blog Feed »

Recent Posts