News.bytes News.bytes Extra, issue 238

Power tower collapses

A crew in hard hats surveys the downed tower

Southern California Edison (SCE), a major supplier of energy to millions of Californians, notified BLM over the past weekend that there was a catastrophic failure of one of the 500 Kv transmission line towers on the Palo Verde Devers 1 transmission line in eastern Riverside County. The tower was apparently brought down Saturday by a severe wind or weather event. The tower is just within the boundary of the Alligator Rock Area of Critical Environmental Concern and is also in desert tortoise habitat. The entire tower collapsed, completely severing and shutting down the energy transmission along the Interstate 10 utility corridor into Southern California.

BLM’s Desert District and Palm Springs Field Office are working together to ensure the emergency onsite work does not impact sensitive resources. All protective protocols are being carefully adhered to by SCE in cooperation with BLM. Power outages to Southern California were avoided due to re-routing, but onsite work to temporarily restore energy routing through the area and to re-construct the tower permanently are both underway.

- Information provided by Rolla Queen, BLM California Desert District archeologist. Photo by Tom Taylor, Manager, Natural and Cultural Resources, Environment, Health & Safety Division, Southern California Edison.


BLM California News.bytes, issue 238