Utility defends cutting off gas servi...

Utility defends cutting off gas service in storm

There are 51 comments on the Alamogordo Daily News story from Feb 7, 2011, titled Utility defends cutting off gas service in storm. In it, Alamogordo Daily News reports that:

Natural gas service was cut off to thousands of New Mexicans last week because utility officials feared losing control over the company's distribution system and having potentially dangerous uncontrolled outages across the state, lawmakers were told Monday.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Alamogordo Daily News.

First Prev
of 3
Next Last
Bill P

Carrizozo, NM

#45 Feb 10, 2011
New Mexico Gas is going to ask for a rate increase. I haven't heard how high of a rate increase they will ask for, as of yet, but I bet it will be more than enough to cover the damage THEY caused us, plus extra for their pockets.
AntiObamaism

Fort Smith, AR

#46 Feb 10, 2011
Crap 'n Tax love the Change

Since: Jul 08

Alamogordo, NM

#47 Feb 10, 2011
land locked sailor wrote:
<quoted text>
Lets see whats happens once you move here and really see what this town and area are about...
You are talking above my pay grade. Please elaborate.

Since: Jul 08

Alamogordo, NM

#48 Feb 10, 2011
Bedrock Bob wrote:
<quoted text>
They can stage the demand of electricity by prioritizing the largest consumers for a short outage rather than overtax the entire grid. They are doing it all over New Mexico right now.
They could similarly analyze the gas infrastructure and see where they can isolate areas and where they can save by curtailing a few large consumers of gas in an industrial area rather than shutting off a very rural and residential area with almost no large consumers.
I would imagine a few blocks of commercial property in Albuquerque housing insurance companies and financial institutions could have been shut down. They could have been reopened with a fraction of the headaches and cost as rural Rio Arriba and Taos counties. Especially under a foot of snow. And it takes a lot of adobe homes and trailer houses in Espanola to equal the gas and electrical consumption of a Wal Mart.
I am not faulting the gas people. I believe they did what they could. But I am certain that there could be a better way to plan for emergencies and outages. A few valves in key places could allow a smart management of resources in times of crisis.
I fault the gas supplier in the country of Texas for not having back up power. Of course NM Gas Co has to react but the blame is on some Texans for not being prepared.
Front Sight

Carrizozo, NM

#49 Feb 11, 2011
Andy Whiteman wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you for posting.
Barb Moore, please take note of this link!
I had a friend check my house who stated that there appeared to me no freezing of pipes and water was running but there could be be some that froze such as those in the garage to the washer or hot water heater.
The term "hot water heater" is a redundant misuse of words,since the water being heated is regarded as "cold".
The preferred term is simply "water heater" or hot water system.
Ref:www.wordiq.com

Since: Jul 08

Alamogordo, NM

#50 Feb 12, 2011
Front Sight wrote:
<quoted text>
The term "hot water heater" is a redundant misuse of words,since the water being heated is regarded as "cold".
The preferred term is simply "water heater" or hot water system.
Ref:www.wordiq.com
I agree with your logic but I have never heard the term "water heater" used. Water heater is slightly vague and could also be used for a small device to make coffee or to heat water for tea. It could also describe the heating component to heat water that remains in closed circulation to produce heat for the home such as radiators or baseboard heating.

“Chained 11 yrs. ~ Free Now!”

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#51 Feb 12, 2011
While not technically correct, "hot water heater" is a commonly used term. It was, in fact, used by my master plumber grandfather and my uncles who followed in the family business. Big deal and so what? You knew what they were referring to, didn't you?

Since: Jul 08

Alamogordo, NM

#52 Feb 12, 2011
Kathie M wrote:
While not technically correct, "hot water heater" is a commonly used term. It was, in fact, used by my master plumber grandfather and my uncles who followed in the family business. Big deal and so what? You knew what they were referring to, didn't you?
That is what that device had been called all of my life. If a Master Plumber uses that word it must be correct. I listen to a Master Plumber every Sunday on the radio who also uses that term. Our language is constantly evolving and common usage creates new words and terminology. But some people have to be politically or grammatically correct. The next time on this blog, I will try to remember to call it hot water maker or hot water device to satisfy the grammatically correct.

“Come walk with me...”

Since: Feb 11

through the Ninth Gate...

#53 Feb 12, 2011
First of all, this so called cut off was a politcal blunder and will be used against us all to raise the rates. Why? Our tempatures were only 5-8 degrees lower than average. What happened to all the bragging by the utillities that New Mexico is the leader in the nation in the advanced technologies they are using? Ha! Look at El Paso electric company and there rolling blaclouts. Another political scam. The same bragging. You know what else? We have 2 familys in our neighborhood who work at EPEC. And during these blackouts, they both still had electricity. Nice isn't it? What a state. Thugs, gangsters and just plain thieves run this state.

“Our nearest star”

Since: May 09

Alamogordo, NM

#54 Feb 12, 2011
Great--Scott wrote:
First of all, this so called cut off was a politcal blunder and will be used against us all to raise the rates. Why? Our tempatures were only 5-8 degrees lower than average. What happened to all the bragging by the utillities that New Mexico is the leader in the nation in the advanced technologies they are using? Ha! Look at El Paso electric company and there rolling blaclouts. Another political scam. The same bragging. You know what else? We have 2 familys in our neighborhood who work at EPEC. And during these blackouts, they both still had electricity. Nice isn't it? What a state. Thugs, gangsters and just plain thieves run this state.
-17 degrees is not only 5-8 degrees lower than average for Alamogordo.
WARRIOR

Washington, DC

#55 Feb 12, 2011
I was at -14 degrees at my house. It felt like a November Northern New Mexico elk hunt.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 3
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Espanola Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Martinez prefers to stick to issues (Jun '10) Feb '17 justice is just a... 7,120
News Study: NM internet speed among slowest in U.S. (Jul '14) Jan '17 You forgot 24
Police Activity Yesterday ? (Jul '16) Jul '16 Pamela Simonton 1
News The Latest: Supporters line up for Trump in Alb... (May '16) May '16 wowed 4
News Bill Clinton to campaign in New Mexico for Hill... (May '16) May '16 Another 26
For Espanola, NM, And People Of THis Town (Nov '15) Jan '16 Food And 11
Corey Atencio Was Given Free Meal El Paragua Re... (Dec '15) Jan '16 marggie 3

Espanola Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

Espanola Mortgages