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Old 04-29-2014, 02:52 PM
 
Location: SWCT, close to coast
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Apparently they want to get more aggressive in the tree trimming out there.

This was from April 22nd... still no word today April 29th.

Connecticut regulators expected to issue ruling on utilities’ tree-trimming plan within days

Connecticut regulators expected to issue ruling on utilities’ tree-trimming plan within days

“What’s so magic about eight feet?” asked one woman, referring to UI’s enhance trimming guidelines, which call for trimming or cutting of limbs and trees within eight feet of the utility’s distribution wires. “There has got to be other ways to do this besides what you’re talking about, which is going to leave densely populated communities like West Haven looking like scorched earth.”

Cole explained that the eight-foot zone for enhanced trimming is based upon historical growth rates.

“We need to protect our system from extreme weather,” he said.
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Old 04-29-2014, 03:17 PM
 
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Great analogy about West Haven but I don't think the tree cutting is what makes the place look like scorched earth...
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Old 04-29-2014, 03:19 PM
 
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UI has been trimming trees along rt. 110 in Shelton for weeks.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:31 AM
 
Location: SWCT, close to coast
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They butchered some trees here. Someone remind them that branches get carried in the wind and that a tree can fall from 20 feet away. If they are concerned about "extreme" weather and not normal weather, than 8 feet is pointless. Branches don't fall straight down unless it's from snow or unless they weigh a ton and the wind can't carry them..

I'm sure it helps but I think the concern here is knowledge... they need to get trained on which tree/branch is a threat and not just chop everything. When I spoke to a guy who was pruning he didn't seem to understand that a Spruce tree is not a Maple tree. That an Oak is not a Pine!
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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When they did the trees on my street they really butchered them. I live in a condo complex and most of the trees along the street are just shaved from top to bottom on one side and look horrible. One tree by the time they were done was literally a 12 foot tall stump. Just a trunk, no limbs. We had to pay a contractor to come cut it down because CL&P refused to do anything about it.
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:38 AM
 
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I'm starting to see that many of the trees in Wilton that had just one side cut are now dying. I think most of us want to live in neighborhoods with tree lined streets.... Yes the 100 year storms will take power out, but that will happen whether or not CL&P trim. I have many photos of Irene, Sandy and Snowtober lines down via a huge pine tree 50 feet or more back from the road. I'd even wager so much as despite their recent decimation of trees the collective power losses during the three freak storms in 2011-2012 would have been e x a c t l y the same.
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:29 AM
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8 feet is a general rule of thumb utilities use for clearances around their wires. It comes from years of experience in the field. Jay
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Old 05-09-2014, 05:26 AM
 
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720 customers are without power in West Hartford.

It's good the tree trimming prevents lightning power outages too.
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Birch Mt - CT
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During the Snowtober storm I was talking to a crew from Quebec. They could not believe the amount of trees here that were so close to wires. Up there they cut anything taller then 10ft that's within 10ft of a wire.
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Old 05-27-2014, 07:01 PM
 
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100% of Bridgewater is in the dark because of the storm that just rolled through.. 81% of Washington. 43% of New Milford. 13,000 without power.

The flaw in humans to see past a plan..
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