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KnL_Caching



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Location: Richmond, B.C.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 3:52 pm    Post subject: Placing a new Geocache? Things you might want to consider! Reply with quote

BC Hydro does not allow ANY Geocaches on poles or other electrical equipment.

From BC Hydro:

To ensure public safety and reliability of the electrical system, geocaches must not be placed or hidden on or near BC Hydro infrastructure or equipment such as poles, guy wire sleeves, pad mounted transformers and kiosks.

The location of geocaches in the vicinity of BC Hydro infrastructure or equipment may lead participants to open or tamper with containers or covers when trying to find or access geocaches. This is a dangerous practice that could result in injury if participants, members of the public or BC Hydro workers inadvertently come in contact with live electrical components.   full article.
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katcogo



Joined: Feb 21, 2009
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Location: Burnaby

PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Placing a new Geocache? Things you might want to conside Reply with quote

The executive has heard rumours through the grapevine that BC Hydro has fined at least 2 people for interfering with electrical equipment. If anyone has first hand knowledge about this please share your experiences. Once again we would like to share the link to Johnnygeo's Blog that should keep you away from finding caches anywhere near electrical equipment.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Placing a new Geocache? Things you might want to conside Reply with quote

Do existing geocaches need to be moved? I don't have any on BCHydro equipment myself, but I've found several on or near guylines, power poles and power boxes.

Is this a new policy? Or enforcement of a long-ignored policy? Have geocache reviewers been made aware?
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katcogo



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Placing a new Geocache? Things you might want to conside Reply with quote

There are no indications that existing caches will be arbitrarily archived. CO's with hides like these may wish to reconsider their placement. Cachers who arrive on site and realize the cache is located on electrical equipment must use their best judgement on whether to search for the cache or not. They should make themselves aware of the potential dangers of doing so.

We believe the reviewers are aware of the rumours, we have had no indication from them on further action. If BC Hydro lodges a formal complaint with Groundspeak to remove any and all geocaches from their equipment, Groundspeak will have no option other than to comply. This would be a major task for reviewers to identify these and make sure the cache is removed as well as archived.

BC Hydro also does not permit garage sale signs, lost cat signs or any other attachments to their poles or equipment.
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KnL_Caching



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:31 am    Post subject: Re: Placing a new Geocache? Things you might want to consider! Reply with quote

This has been BC Hydro's long standing policy - its not new at all.

While safety is the concern, it boils down to the requirement from Groundspeak that you have the property owners permission. Reviewers don't ignore the issue, but they often don't get informed the hide is on BC Hydro equipment.

If you know of any situation where BC Hydro has fined or contacted a cache owner, please share your experiences with us? Private Message or contact via Geocaching.com (KNL_Caching) if you prefer.
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