North Country News
5:50 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Arrests in Transmission Line Vandalism

Four people have been charged in the vandalism that caused a quarter million dollars in damage to an electric transmission line and may cost New England rate payers a million dollars.

The Vermont Electric Power Company was forced to buy replacement power while the transmission line, which carries power from Quebec to Massachusetts was shut down.  

On Friday, Vermont and New Hampshire officials announced that 19 year old Patrick Brummer and 18 year old Jordan Hamel, both from New Hampshire, and two unnamed juveniles from New Hampshire have been charged and will appear in court in December.  

State and federal authorities initially investigated the damage to the line, which can carry 10-percent of the electricity used in New England, as terrorism, but determined it was vandalism.