BOT to Discuss Investigation Into PSE&G Information Management Tonight
Resolution demanding an investigation of PSE&G appears on the agenda.
On October 29, an earlier than usual snowstorm blanketed the East Coast, leaving 6,000 residents in South Orange without power. As customers sat in the dark and called PSE&G for assistance, they were told a multitude of things, ranging from “it’ll be fixed by midnight tonight” to “our records show you have power.”
Tonight, at the Board of Trustees special meeting (7:30 p.m. at Village Hall), the South Orange Board of Trustees will discuss a resolution that requests an investigation into PSE&G’s informational management.
Added to the agenda mid-afternoon on Monday, Resolution 2011-303 requests the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to conduct an investigation of information management by Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) and making certain recommendations in that regard.
Reached over the weekend, Village President Alex Torpey was unhappy with some of the inaccuracies that plagued PSE&G during the storm.
“Each contact at PSE&G that I spoke to over that weekend had different information,” said Torpey. “When I spoke personally to both of our state assembly-people, their offices were getting similar information which wasn't really accurate. I spoke to the county, the state legislators and the governor’s office on Friday (after the storm) and they were not happy with the kind of information that we were getting.”
Torpey was told by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s office that they would be looking into the information passed on to South Orange. However, Torpey feels this resolution stresses the importance of this request by South Orange.
“Hopefully this resolution, if we pass it, will further strengthen our request that they look into this,” said Torpey.
Patch will have more on this as it develops.