Press Release


Officer of At-Large City Councillor Maura Hennigan
Phone: 617-635-4217
Fax: 617-635-3734
E-mail: [email protected]

Hennigan Sponsors Hearing to Investigate Hotspots

Monday, March 01, 2004 - At-Large Boston City Councillor Maura Henngian is set to convene a hearing next Monday, March 8th with NStar to discuss the recent dog electrocutions that have taken place in the City of Boston. The aim of the hearing is to find out how these hot spots occur and how in a systematic way NStar plans to identify and prevent them from hurting anyone in the future.

Hennigan called the hearing after the death of a 6 year old, 115-pound old Labrador retriever named Oscar who suddenly collapsed in the middle of a rain-soaked street in Charlestown. In a Boston Globe article (On 'hot spots,' NStar on hot seat, 2/22/2004) NStar freely admitted that Oscar wasn't the first dog to die of electrocution in Boston and insisted that such "hot spots" of wayward current exist throughout the area. They also worried the electricity packs enough power to kill a person.

Although hotspots in Boston have resulted in the death of dogs throughout the City of Boston, a hotspot claimed the life a 30-year woman, Jodie Lane, in New York City who died from stepping on an electrified manhole cover. After her death, the electric company (Con Edison) found 110 hot spots throughout the city, 30 of which carried charges of more than 50 volts.

Since calling for the hearing, Hennigan's office has received numerous phone calls and e-mails from citizens with similar experiences. "Obviously this is not an isolated incident," said Hennigan. "It is essential that we locate these hotspots before they hurt more people. I don't care what it takes if it saves one life."

The Boston City Council's Committee on Public Utilities and Cable Communications is holding the public hearing on Monday, March 8, 2004 at 1:00PM in the Christopher Iannella Chamber, fifth floor, Boston City Hall. The public is invited to come testify. For additional information, contact City Councillor Maura Hennigan's office by e-mail at: [email protected] or by phone: 617-635-4217.


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