National Grid reminds off-road drivers that utility rights-of-way are private property where unauthorized dumping and trespass by motorized vehicles is unlawful. These rights-of-way are a critical part of the company’s electric and gas network. Limiting activities within the corridors protects the public, avoids damage to company facilities and supports the reliability of electric and gas service. In addition, limiting activities reduces inconvenience and disturbances to rights-of-way neighbors.
National Grid maintains access roads to and along rights-of-way to maintain and repair existing facilities and for the construction of new facilities. These access roads are for use by authorized personnel only and should not be used without the permission of National Grid.
“These corridors are strictly for authorized National Grid personnel familiar with the facilities and terrain,” said Chad Martin, director of safety for National Grid. “Dumping of waste and access by off-road vehicles is damaging to the rights-of-way and creates safety hazards for utility personnel and other authorized users.”
“National Grid's number one priority is to ensure the safety of our customers, employees, and the communities we serve," said Timothy F. Horan, president of National Grid in Rhode Island. “With spring here and summer just a few weeks away, everyone is looking to spend more time out-of-doors. We want to remind the public to be aware of the safety hazards around our transmission and distribution systems. Rights-of-way are private property, and National Grid works closely with local authorities to help ensure safety by protecting the rights-of-way from unauthorized use.”
About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it ‘joins everything up’.
In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.
National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.