Emrick Labels Extended Power Outages ‘Unacceptable’

HARRISBURG – On the heels of this past weekend’s unusual snowstorm, state Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) issued the following statement in reaction to continued power outages that exist through the 137th Legislative District:


“When citizens pay their utility bills, they do so in anticipation of not only enjoying the convenience of having those resources at their fingertips, but with the expectation of maintaining accessibility to them when interruptions take place. It is within reason to expect delays when weather events such as the recent ‘October surprise’ took place. It is unacceptable and unreasonable, in this day and age, and with current technology, to go without electricity for the period of time we are being told residents are being asked to do.


“I met with representatives of First Energy last month to review how the damage resulting from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee was handled. After meeting (Monday with representatives of PPL (Pennsylvania Power and Light), I will be meeting Wednesday morning with Met-Ed President Dave Karafa to discuss the outages that remain from Saturday’s snowstorm.


“To say that I am disappointed with the current situation is an understatement. I want my constituents to know I am doing all I can to get answers as to why a significant number of them are being told to anticipate being without electric for seven and eight days, what we can do to rectify this situation and how this experience will be a learning tool for the future.”  


Contact: Scott Little                                                                                                


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