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BC Hydro is trying to make sure line contractors aren't leaving the province high and dry during storm season.
In letter BC Hydro warns contractors of fines, and quote 'difficulty in obtaining future work", if they don't meet deadlines and responsibilities here in order to leave to help with Superstorm Sandy clean up efforts in the U.S.
Hydro spokesperson Simi Heer says they support the sandy clean up effort but want to make sure contractors have enough staff on hand to deal with B.C's storm season.
"We are just simply asking them to ensure they have contingencies in place in case a major storm does strike here in BC of course we rely on these companies during storm season to ensure the lights are kept on here in BC so they are a big part of how we do business so it is just a reminder to ask them to have contingencies in place
As far as fines and other tough talk in the letter Heer says "Well we are obviously hoping it doesn't get to that point and that is kind of one of the reasons that we did send this letter is that we want to work with these companies ahead of time and plan with them."
Heer says it is about communication.
"We are asking these companies to work with us and plan with us so if we know that certain crews won't be available for a certain period of time we are able to reallocate our resources to make sure our storm plan is in place and effective we are able to respond quickly."