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  •  That's inexcusable, the power companies are (2+ / 0-)
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    .... supposed to have contingency plans in situations like this where they move the command centers out of harm's way.  Something is wrong.   I can see cutting power until they are sure all the down lines are made so they do not cause fires or shock hazards, but the plants need to have these emergencies planned for per state laws as hospitals fire police etc must have power.  

    Okay, so what do the power plants burn in Houston?  Probably natural gas and or fuel oil.  So the pipelines must have had their supplies disrupted.

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    by AmericanRiverCanyon on Thu Sep 18, 2008 at 11:07:19 AM PDT

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    •  I'm wondering if all this suspicious (2+ / 0-)
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      AmericanRiverCanyon, seattlegirl

      behavior has something to do with oil, off shore oil to be specific.

      Any news on pipelines or oil spills?

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      by Pescadero Bill on Thu Sep 18, 2008 at 12:10:29 PM PDT

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    •  If railbeds are flood damaged, coal fired plants (1+ / 0-)
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      have train supply issues.  Nuclear plants needing fuel might also be waiting on trains.  

      Nuclear plants near coasts or in flooded areas may also be waiting until their cooling water sources are within safe tolerances.

      Another factor might be hurricane damage to the main high power transmission lines that spider across a service territory.  Even if plants can operate, power isn't moving anywhere until primary high power lines and towers are safely restored, and downstream transformers are ready to handle the load.

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      by antirove on Thu Sep 18, 2008 at 12:13:16 PM PDT

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