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Legislative Delegation Letter to NSTAR 5-8-13

Legislative Delegation Letter to NSTAR 5-8-13

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May 8, 2013Craig Hallstrom, PresidentNSTAR800 Boylston StreetBoston, MA 02199RE: TOWN OF DUXBURY VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PROGRAMDear Mr. Hallstrom,We write to express our grave concern with NSTAR plans for “vegetation management” in thetown of Duxbury.For decades NSTAR, the town of Duxbury and its residents and abutting homeowners have worked
in a cooperative and mutually benecial manner. Based on the communications from your com
-pany and representations of arborists it appears NSTAR now intends to effectively clear-cut nearlythe entire vegetated area in the transmission line right of way. This would represent an unprec-edented step and sharp departure from past practice.
We hope this letter will be an important step in ensuring appropriate and benecial communication
between NSTAR and the families that own property along NSTAR’s right of way in Duxbury.We understand that the greater good requires that NSTAR keep the transmission lines free of treesand vegetation. This ensures the operational integrity of the lines and ensures that the power grid
is reliable. We also respect the desire to accomplish this in a cost efcient manner. At the same
time, we know that NSTAR recognizes the importance of minimizing the disruption to the homesand property of residents. Our goal is not to stand in the way of maintaining the right of way, butrather to partner with NSTAR in meeting these goals to ensure that a balanced and well thought outapproached is used.Accordingly, we request the following steps:(1) That NSTAR give actual notice to every property owner as to the type of work planned on
or adjacent to his or her specic property, as well as the date that the work will take place.
(2) That NSTAR conduct a formal survey of every parcel upon which tree removal is proposedin order to assure that NSTAR does not remove any vegetation that lies outside of its easement.
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The Commonwealth of MassachusettsHouse of RepresentativesState House, Boston, MA 02133-1054

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