Well, one reason, the public pays the fines....
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:47pm

Just thought I'd address one reason why HUGE punitive fines are not levied. As a UTILITY, their costs are regulated so those fines would be passed on to the customer. That aside, maintenance is a huge cost "On Wednesday, the company said performing inspections and cutting back vegetation could cost at least $75 billion" (take that with a grain of salt) and there we are again. (folks hate high utility rates) Many lines run through private properties and even though there are right-of-way and easments, property owners are a large problem too. The majority of the issues around power outages here, are private property owners trees outside of the right of way or easment which vary depending upon line voltage from 10' or so to more than 50'. I'll bet you could spend a half hour driving around your area and find many instances where trees and branches are far too close to power lines and probably have been for years...until the power goes out in a weather event. That all said, they do need much better inspection and oversight and probably need to take a look a private property owners and their responsibilities.

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