|Why Isnt Electric Wiring Underground?|
|by Carey Seal|
A call to Baltimore Gas and Electric reveals that whether an areas lines are above or below ground is determined by whether or not the residents are willing to pay BGE extra to run wires underground. Rose Maria Kendig of the utilitys public relations staff explains, Anyone can pay to have their power lines below ground.
Ms. Kendig denied that there is any difference in safety between above-ground and below-ground wires. While above-ground wires are vulnerable to storms and falling trees, she said below-ground wires are suceptible to shifts in the terrain, and added that problems with below-ground wires can be harder to detect. Subterranean lines, Ms. Kendig maintained, are really not more reliable.
Nonetheless, BGE will accept money to put them in if you want them.
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This story was published on June 1, 2000.