While checking out the press from last night's Real Solutions to Rising Electric Rates forum in the Journal this morning, we spotted a story about the earthquake put together by our beloved Journal reporters, who put a great deal of effort into trying to scrounge up a local earthquake-related story. Perhaps the 'quake destroyed power plants, or maybe transmission/distribution lines, resulting in power outages? Nope. But while they had FirstEnergy PR dork Todd Meyers on the phone, they got to hear his dramatic account of the earthquake as it was felt in Greensburg, PA. Perhaps what Todd felt wasn't an earthquake at all, but just a few portentous rumbles caused by what his former PATH opponents were doing at the time, cooking up more fun surprises for Todd in the near future :-)
From Todd's description, it appears that the earthquake's effects were much the same as the effects of Todd's complete and utter public relations failure in Frederick County, Maryland, last fall. Todd tried desperately to drum up some support, any support, for PATH's proposed gigantic substation in the middle of a cluster of 1350 homes. However, Todd was thwarted at every turn, teased incessantly by a big, scary hillbilly, and laughed at while doing the "walk of shame" out of Winchester Hall time after time when PATH lost every battle. PATH's lawyers recently whined in their appeal in Circuit Court about how they got their butts kicked on the public relations front by the citizen opposition groups in Frederick last fall.
And, therefore, here's what happens when Todd's little world rocks, whether it's caused by an earthquake or being set upon by organized citizen opposition:
Potomac Edison spokesman Todd Meyers said he felt the earthquake in his office at the company's Greensburg, Pa., headquarters... it's an experience he won't soon forget.
"I'd say it shook my office for about 10 seconds and it was definitely a weird sensation, sort of rocking back and forth but also more like a wave and then a rippling," Meyers said.
Todd should stay out of our local newspaper and not call attention to himself. It's safer for him that way.