Maura In The News

City to grill Nstar boss on hot spots
By Thomas Caywood
Monday, March 8, 2004

An Nstar bigwig will be on the hot seat at City Hall this afternoon as a City Council committee probes recent dog shockings and electrocutions on Boston streets.

Nstar's head of operations, Werner Schweiger, is scheduled to appear before the Boston Public Utilities and Cable Communications Committee today along with several dog owners whose pooches have been jolted on hot spots charged by stray voltage.

``Nstar will be asking the city to aggressively prosecute those who are to blame,'' spokeswoman Christina McKenna said.

The utility has blamed the electrocution of a Labrador retriever in Charlestown last month and the electric shock of a vizsla in Chinatown last week oncontractors digging beneath city streets.

At least three dogs have been electrocuted on Boston streets over the past four years.

``Nstar is the one we need to focus on, but it's not limited to Nstar,'' City Councilor Maura Hennigan said of today's hearing.

Hennigan has proposed a requirement for contractors wrapping up a job to sign an affidavit certifying that they haven't damaged power lines.

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