Editorial: Stop The Connecticut Chainsaw Massacre

The Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) has one last opportunity to put the brakes on a radical utility line-clearing proposal that would remove any tall tree growing within eight feet to the right and to the left of utility distribution lines, from ground to sky, regardless of the health of the tree.

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  • richsobi

    Stop with the hyperbole! How come every time an environemntalist makes their case they have to exaggerate and speak of outcomes they know will not happen. Such is the case with the tree trimming debate.

    Here‘s the reality: The electric utilities are working with property owners and tree wardens when customers object to the proposed trimming or tree removal. The process has dramatically improved. If the property owner or electric company disagree, they can appeal to PURA.

    FYI, ETT has been done by CL&P for over 15 years. It is new to UI, so most of the comments are people unaware of the program. I strongly disagree that there is "... widespread public outcry". Most is pretty much limited to Hamden and New Haven residents, many of whose neighborhoods are not scheduled for trimming for 2-3 years.
    In regards to tree replacement and stump grinding, it should not be the companies or their ratepayers responsibility to fund such activity.
    Rich Sobolewski

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