In a message dated 11/21/00 6:25:24 PM Pacific Standard Time,
<< My teacher was employed by the power company there for 32 years before
retiring to teach. He said if you park your car under a transformer and it
leaks it will eat your paint pretty immediately (that stuff is apparently
vicious and hazardous besides) -- the electric company will pay to repaint
whole car no questions. I kept trying to park my terrible-paint-job first
under one, but couldn't find any with a parking place under them!
Painting a car is relatively cheap compared with other associated expenses.
In the Pittsburgh area, a crew routinely looked for leaking transformers.
When a transformer failed, several hundred and sometimes a few thousand
people are in the dark. Then the utility might be into paying for freezer
loads of food for restaurants and other damages.
The utility was also under attack by the public for the cancer causing
characteristics of this oil in the surface water and the water table (PCB's?).