Numerous Glastonbury residents blamed Eversource Energy for cutting down trees in their neighborhood.
The company’s plan to strip hundreds of trees is one it said must be done to comply with regulations protecting the power grid.
“Their intention is to leave an acre of stumps for me,” Peter Hickey, of Glastonbury, said.
For four decades, Hickey has called Johnny Cake Lane his home. In late August, Hickey said he got word that Eversource, which has easement rights for a lengthy space along his property, planned to do some clearing.
“They had the right to come into the property and clear-cut,” Hickey said. “And after the work were completed that they would discuss what they would do to restore the property.”
There was separate transmission line work right next to his home. This is a new project that stretches nearly eight miles through numerous other towns.
Hickey said it’s not just this area and these trees...it actually goes further than that, into his back yard and beyond it by several hundred feet.
An Eversource spokesman said the company’s plan is to clear more clearance space for transmission lines as required by the federal government.
“This work will strengthen system reliability and help improve service to our customers. Tall-growing trees pose a serious safety hazard to our transmission lines, which are the backbone of the regional electric grid,” Eversource said.
“We have no opposition at all to trimming necessary trees,” Hickey said. “Our issue is the extent of the clearing.”
Eversource applied, but has yet to get approval from state environmental regulators or Army Corp of Engineers. Meanwhile, it gave a presentation at town hall recently and said there are plans to meet every landowner one-on-one to listen to their concerns before starting the new project.
Hickey added that he his neighbors have a meeting scheduled on Monday with their State Rep., Prasad Srinivasan about the project.
An eversource spokesman said work could begin by the end of the month at the earliest.
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