Connecticut utility regulators reopen review of tree-cutting plan

Jan 30th, 2014 | By | Category: Featured Story

State regulators said Wednesday they are reopening their review of tree plans for Connecticut’s two largest electric utilities and telecommunications companies.

An area along I-91 that has seen the effects of tree-cutting and chipping. (photo: cjzurcher)

An area along I-91 that has seen the effects of tree-cutting and chipping. (photo: cjzurcher)

Members of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority will hold at least two public hearings and a series of technical meetings to review the companies’ plans, said Dennis Schain, a spokesman for the agency. The specific dates and locations for the hearings and technical meetings have not yet been determined, Schain said.

For more on this story, visit: Connecticut utility regulators reopen review of tree-cutting plan | The New Haven Register.

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Eric Hammerling has a bumper sticker on his car that says: “don’t blame the trees.” It refers to power outages – like the massive ones since 2011 after the tropical-style storms Irene and Sandy, and a variety of blizzards and nor’easters.

Falling trees and limbs that took out power lines are most often cited for the outages, and the upshot has been a rush by utilities, the state Department of Transportation, municipalities and individuals to cut trees back and down.

“We can blame the trees,” said Hammerling, executive director of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association. “But it’s mostly on us for failure to manage our roadside trees for many, many years.”

For more on this story, visit: Cutting Connecticut’s trees sparks disagreement | The CT Mirror.

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