Date: 5/30/19 3:21 pm
From: d pan <birdmandan813...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Follow up- Interurban bike trail disruption Oz county
Thanks to all for your suggestions and support- Karen forwarded me contact
info from a local ATC employee tied to vegetation management- I have a call
in and will update all via the list-

Dan

On Thu, May 30, 2019 at 3:25 PM Michael John Jaeger <jaegermj...>
wrote:

> My earlier message may have been garbled. Trying again.
>
> Peter's probably right that ATC doesn't want negative publicity, but I
> think they have chosen to avoid a different type of bad publicity.
>
> Disclosure, I spent my career working for the state Public Service
> Commission and have dad many opportunities to interact with ATC. I'm not
> in anyway speaking for the PSC here, that's what I happily retired from.
>
> ATC does have an obligation to provide reliable electricity safely. There
> has been a lot of pressure over the past score of years to have utilities
> keep up with clearing hazard vegetation from their powerline
> rights-of-ways. The Great Northeast Blackout was caused by deferred
> vegetation management. Some of the big California fires the past couple of
> years also started with vegetation contact with powerlines. I believe this
> is the kind of bad publicity that ATC has decided to avoid.
>
> ATC has to have an aporoved vegetation management with a federal electric
> reliability group (my memory seems to point to the North American Electric
> Reliability Corporation, or NERC). The impression I had was that as long
> as ATC was complying with their vegetation management plan, they were off
> the hook for serious fines, etc. ATC will keep pointing back to their
> required plan and that they need to provide a reliable, safe system, when
> questioned why they clear-cut from edge to edge.
>
> But, there are other ways to meet the right-of-way clearing requirements,
> but ATC doesn 't seem at all open to considering them. These other methods
> may be more expensive, and I think ATC would rather face bad local
> publicity than to face fines from the safety regulators.
>
> You've got a tough nut to rack and ATC seems really entrenched.
>
> -Michael John
>
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Peter McKeever <petermckeever...>
> Date: 05/30/2019 11:55 AM (GMT-06:00)
> To: <birdmandan813...>, <wisbirdn...>
> Subject: [wisb] Re: Follow up- Interurban bike trail disruption Oz county
>
> Call ATC and get a supervisor on the line.....the last thing they want is
> bad publicity. So call the local paper.
>
> Peter McKeever
> Monona
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> [mailto:<wisbirdn-bounce...>]
> On Behalf Of d pan
> Sent: Thursday, May 30, 2019 7:35 AM
> To: <wisbirdn...>
> Subject: [wisb] Follow up- Interurban bike trail disruption Oz county
>
> A week has passed since I posted about the destruction of active nesting
> sites along this trail by ATC (American Transmission Company). I received
> lots of encouragement from many members of this list with ideas and
> support-
> I started by calling USFWS in Wisconsin- They referred me to the MN office
> - charged with mid-west avian issues. This office suggested that the
> combination of the current administration, some previous court rulings, and
> the company's (ATC) need to clear power company right-of-ways (just doing
> their job) wouldn't support a lawsuit (worst case scenario) to stop them
> from continuing their work clear cutting habitat during the nesting season
> (referred to as incidental take by USFWS).
>
> On a local level, I have communicated my dissatisfaction to the Ozaukee
> county planning and parks and received a response that they will try to
> contact our power supplier (WE Energies) in hopes of initiating contact
> with
> the proper ATC official to work out an understanding...........
>
> Meanwhile, during most of this past week, brush clearing has continued, my
> disappointment has grown, and more and more birds have wondered where their
> nests have gone-
>
>
> Dan Panetti
> S.E. Ozaukee county
>
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