• LPEA alerts community of aerial inspection of transmission lines

    Helicopter flight in Durango/Animas Valley area scheduled to take place Nov. 16

    La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) will conduct a helicopter flyover/aerial inspection of LPEA’s transmission assets in the Animas Valley and the City of Durango, on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. The effort is designed as part of LPEA’s on-going maintenance program to ensure equipment is in good repair.

    “It’s an efficient way to inspect the lines that are in rugged and forested areas,” said Curt Marlatt, LPEA line superintendent. “We hope to spot any potential issues before we go into winter.”

    The helicopter inspection is anticipated to run 9 a.m. to approximately noon, and the flight will follow the large transmission lines through the City of Durango, north through the Animas Valley to the La Plata County border near Cascade.

    “Essentially we want to alert the community of the aerial inspection,” said Marlatt. “We don’t have a great deal of air traffic around here, especially in the Animas Valley, so we know people do notice when something is out of the ordinary, and we want to let community members know.”

    For further information, contact Marlatt at 970.382.3583.

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786 or visit www.lpea.coop.