Two neighborhoods in Puerto Ordaz suffered last weekend their third electric blackout in a week, this one lasting more than eight hours. The official reason of the latest failure was the overload of an underground wire that serves the area.
But Rafael Salazar, local chief of operations for the National Electric Corporation (CORPOELEC), thinks that there’s another responsible for the constant failures of the whole electric system:
“The users are guilty for this.”
“…They should pay their fair share, so we can make all the neccesary investments. They should know that an underground wire is ten times more expensive than an aerial one. If we don’t make the people pay what’s really fair, then we keep the same wires and transformers, so the problem will continue.”
Could this small nugget of honesty from Mr. Salazar mean that the “blaming it on the opposum” strategy will be ditched? Didn’t him read the latest “memo” from his boss, Electricity Minister Hector Navarro? Will Mr. Salazar be able to keep his job after this?
In the meantime, the blackouts are worsening. Just ask the people of Anzoátegui.