Date: 6/2/19 2:52 pm
From: Hondochica z <hondochica...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Follow up- Interurban bike trail disruption Oz county
Nicely Done!! Kudos to you . . .
On Sun, Jun 2, 2019 at 1:56 PM d pan <birdmandan813...> wrote:

> A follow up to earlier updates-
> I had an very good conversation with the manager of vegetation management
> for ATC. She was both interested and concerned that I was treated as
> poorly as I was. She said that their crews and sub contractors are all
> trained to look for nests and nestlings and to not remove brush when they
> are found. Unfortunately, in order to stop the clearing, evidence must be
> found to prove they weren't looking. Well a friend and I spent a good
> chunk of Friday afternoon checking cleared brush that hadn't been chipped
> yet and found a couple nests. Additionally, we found an active nest with
> nestlings just 20-30 yards from where the guys quit work on Friday. We
> took photos and forwarded all of them to the rep from ATC - she was very
> appreciative and said she'd use them communicating with the specialists
> over the weekend-Hopefully, this will stop them from widespread clearing
> during the nesting season- We'll see what happens this Monday and Tuesday-
> To be continued........
> Dan Panetti
> S.E. Ozaukee county
>
> On Thu, May 30, 2019 at 5:20 PM d pan <birdmandan813...> wrote:
>
> > 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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