Green Leader wants higher standards for power infrastructure included in climate change legislation

(CP) - New Brunswick's Green Party leader says regulations need to be changed to ensure hydro poles can stand up to violent storms David Coon says are part of a wider trend of climate change.

More than 5,000, mainly on the Acadian Peninsula, remain without power following a devastating ice storm more than a week ago that at one point left more than 130-thousand people without electricity.

Coon says N-B Power needs to start considering whether it rebuilds its shattered network with stronger gear, suggesting the utility use steel poles and bury lines in some areas.

He says requirements for the utility to meet higher standards must be included in provincial climate change legislation but Premier Brian Gallant has not committed to any changes.