Friday, September 16, 2005

"Paperwork" new culprit in LA Blackout Blame Game

After pointing fingers at each other earlier this week over Los Angeles' massive blackout, DWP workers and administrators have found a culprit they can agree on.

An inaccurate work order led a crew to cut the lines that caused Monday's power outage to 2 million people in Los Angeles, the city's Department of Water and Power has determined.

"It was a case of miscommunication," Henry Martinez, an assistant general manager for the DWP, said Thursday.

DWP engineers who planned the replacement of a control system at a Toluca Lake receiving station specified that a bundle of three charged lines should be left intact, but work drawings handed to the crew called for the lines to be cut and removed, Martinez said.