- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego Gas & Electric is set to begin a major project to replace thousands of power poles and transmission lines throughout the Cleveland National Forest.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/2cUx3EZ ) that the utility plans to spend more than $600 million hardening and under-grounding about 150 miles of overhead lines and replacing nearly 2,000 wooden poles.

The project is designed to make it less likely that the power lines could start a wildfire and to keep power poles from being destroyed should a fire occur.

Environmental groups initially opposed the project, saying they worried the new poles could bring energy in from facilities in Mexico and Arizona, but utility officials say that is not the plan and that they do not have permits for such work.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

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