East Boston fish wholesaler tries to sink planned Eversource substation

The East Boston Times-Free Press reports on a two-year effort by Channel Fish to stop Eversource from building a substation on East Eagle Street. Its latest weapon: A video that forecasts widespread destruction if the facility is built and then explodes. The state Energy Facilities Siting Board is currently considering whether to approve the substation and a transmission line to connect it to an existing substation in Chelsea.



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...electrical substations don

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...electrical substations don't even explode.

Sure, you can have a transformer fire that's slightly 'explosive', but this fear is even less grounded in reality than objections over a natural gas regulating station.

Hypotheticals are the best defense

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On a scale of 1 to 10 how much would you be against the electrical substation if I were to tell you if it explodes it will look like this! [Queue the video]

In fairness

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In fairness, the article and the fish processor's criticism of the plan focus on the proximity to the park, citing actual cases of fires and children being accidentally electrocuted, however rate.

Yikes! — How Can There Be So Little Fencing Around This?!!

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Teens in the area said Meneses is not the only one who has jumped the fence that runs along the neighborhood park.

"The fence is really short," Josue Hernandez said. "It's maybe a little taller than me. You can jump over it."

Yet, it's absolutely right next to a basketball court!
Who wouldn't assume the inevitability of stray balls going over the fence into the substation? What adult wouldn't assume the inevitability of children climbing over such a small fence? How could anyone approve this without being criminally negligent?

Electrical substations are required in urban areas, but it's possible to construct them with much more substantial protection than this unfortunate example in Miami.
When I was a child, we lived next to this substation for a few years. My bedroom window (white house on left) looked directly down onto the switchyard, which had more transformers and switchgear than appears here:
One night, we had a huge ice storm that caused sparks and arcing for hours! I remember my mother and I watching it together. We weren't afraid of any explosion, but were both thrilled to see the spectacular display!

The substation put on another entertaining performance during the great Northeast blackout of 1965. The power in our city didn't just all go out at once — it faded out slowly as the voltage got lower and lower over a long period of time. The lights kept getting dimmer and dimmer, perhaps over the course of an hour, before going totally dark. The substation protested with periodic eruptions of sparking and arcing, and again when the power finally started to come back on again.

As a nine-year-old child, I enjoyed living next to the substation. It was wondrous to look at, and I loved listening to the hum of its transformers. I also was afraid of it enough to never even think of touching its fence, let alone climbing inside!

"slightly explosive"

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Is that like "slightly pregnant"? The issue might be that it's right on top of a planned playground, adjacent to a planned police station and about 500' from millions of gallons of jet fuel. Annnd its necessity is debatable. But otherwise I can't think of a better reason for Eversource to jack our bills a bit more to pay for this.