First Energy must be stopped in its quest to destroy all trees under its transmission power lines. An agent of the company walked through my yard and marked five trees for removal. No trees were to be trimmed; all trees are to be cut down.
None of my trees is closer than 30 feet from the lines, but that doesn’t matter. Any tree that might reach 10 feet must be cut down. I tried to cooperate by offering to trim the offending trees or to let First Energy trim the trees. My offer was completely rejected. Its policy is not to listen to or negotiate with landowners. Period. They also refuse to compensate me for the loss of my trees or the reduction in my property value.
What’s especially upsetting is that I cooperated with West Penn Power in 1998 and let it cut down some of my trees then. At that time, West Penn Power gave me a list of approved trees to plant under the lines. One of those trees is now not allowed and will be cut down. So much for that verbal promise.
If you think you are not impacted by this because you’re not under a transmission right of way, just wait until First Energy decides to cut down all trees under your neighborhood distribution lines. Its verbal promises mean nothing. If the company can do it, it will.
THOMAS J. HAND