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National Grid reminds off-road drivers: utility corridors are off limits

by jmaloni

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Tue, Jun 3rd 2014 02:10 pm

National Grid reminds off-road drivers that utility rights-of-way are private property where unauthorized dumping and trespass by motorized vehicles is unlawful. These rights-of-way are a critical part of the company's electric and gas network. Limiting activities within the corridors protects the public, avoids damage to company facilities and supports the reliability of electric and gas service. In addition, limiting activities reduces inconvenience and disturbances to rights-of-way neighbors.

National Grid maintains access roads to and along rights-of-way to maintain and repair existing facilities in accordance with state and federal regulations and for the construction of new facilities for use by authorized personnel only. Rights-of-way should not be used without the permission of National Grid.

"These corridors are strictly for authorized National Grid personnel familiar with the facilities and terrain," said Chad Martin, director of safety for National Grid. "Dumping of waste and access by off-road vehicles is damaging to the rights-of-way and creates safety hazards for utility personnel and other authorized users."

Unauthorized vehicular use and other forms of trespass also can cause damage to wetlands, streams, and wildlife habitats that occur on many of National Grid's rights-of-way. Violators may be subject to enforcement actions by federal and state environmental protection agencies.

"National Grid's No. 1 priority is to ensure the safety of our customers, employees and the communities we serve," Martin said. "With summer approaching and more activities outdoors, we are reminding the public that rights-of-way are private property and to be aware of the safety hazards around our network. National Grid partners with local authorities to help ensure safety by protecting the rights-of-way from unauthorized use and provides local law enforcement with its full cooperation in prosecuting any trespassers up to and including arrest."

For more information, visit www.nationalgridus.com.

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