• La Plata Electric Association to conduct aerial system inspection on June 7


    Customers may see/hear a low-flying helicopter during the day

    To help ensure safety and on-going reliability, La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) will conduct its annual aerial inspection of the cooperative’s electrical distribution system on Thursday, June 7, 2012. Customers may see or hear a low-flying helicopter in La Plata and Archuleta counties during the day.

    Inspections will begin at approximately 7 a.m. in the Cascade area of La Plata County, moving south throughout the Durango area in the morning, transiting Bayfield and Ignacio, and finishing the day in the Pagosa Springs area. The project, which includes flying a helicopter close enough to the power lines and poles to enable visual inspection, will be completed in one day.

    The helicopter will be piloted by New Air Helicopters, which provides safe, reliable helicopter services for a variety of efforts, including search and rescue, fire fighting, surveying and game management.

    “We don’t want anyone to worry when they see a helicopter hovering over their backyard or circling downtown,” said Ben Cordova, manager of lines and services. “This is a standard maintenance program that helps us be proactive in keeping the system in top shape.”

    LPEA customers with additional questions or concerns are urged to call Roland Pack, 970.382.7183 or Ben Cordova, 970.382.3534.

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