Northeast Utilities
P.O. Box 270
Hartford, CT 06141-0270
(800) 286-5000

News Release

Contacts: Frank Poirot
Office: (860) 665-3409

Media Advisory: Hunters asked to take extra care near power lines

BERLIN, Connecticut, October 22, 2009 – To ensure the safety of utility crews working in wooded sections of the electric transmission rights-of-way during peak hunting season, Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) and Western Massachusetts Electric (WMECO), both Northeast Utilities companies (NYSE: NU), are asking all sportsmen to take extra care while hunting near power line rights-of-way.

The transmission contractor work crews, who are wearing high-visibility safety vests and hard hats, are involved in land surveying, environmental testing and habitat identification. The result of their work is important to the reliability of the electric transmission network serving all of New England.

WHO: Hunters

WHAT: CL&P/WMECO contractors working in wooded areas during hunting season

WHEN: During the deer and game bird hunting seasons

WHERE: Transmission rights-of-way in Connecticut and western Massachusetts

WHY: Safety of all working or recreating in wooded areas

It is especially important for all people to be aware of all activities that may be occurring while they are outdoors. Heightened awareness on the part of non-hunters can also help in our efforts to keep hunting safe for everyone.

The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) has been part of everyday life in Connecticut for more than 100 years, providing safe and reliable electric service to homes, neighborhoods and businesses. With 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns, CL&P is improving the environments you live in, by offering programs in energy conservation, economic development and environmental stewardship. CL&P is a Northeast Utilities company (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit

Western Massachusetts Electric Company, part of Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU), serves approximately 217,000 customers in 59 communities throughout western Massachusetts and is committed to the environment, economic development and the health of the communities it serves.

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