Towns Try to Block Eversource Spraying, but Learn They Lack Clout
Sara Brown and Heather Hamacek
Eversource Energy’s plans to spray herbicides under power lines on the Vineyard remained in the spotlight this week.
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Selectmen Reconsider Views on Herbicides
Sara Brown

Edgartown selectmen backed off an idea to send a letter of concern to Eversource after the conservation agent shared information about plans to use herbicides under power lines.

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Eversource Moves Ahead on Herbicide Spraying
Alex Elvin

Herbicide spraying on West Chop and near the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road could begin as early as Friday, after the state pesticide board voted last week not to consider a one-year moratorium on spraying in the region.

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Eversource Spraying Sparks Renewed Opposition on Vineyard
Alex Elvin

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission, state representatives, town officials and others are all calling on the utility giant to find alternatives to herbicide spraying under power lines this year.

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Eversource to Resume Herbicide Spraying on Island
Alex Elvin

For the first time in four years, Eversource Energy plans to apply herbicides under some of its power lines on the Vineyard. A public comment period ends March 27.

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Town's Ban on Herbicides in Squibnocket Pond Upheld in Legal Action
Jane Seagrave

A two-year effort by a group of Chilmark landowners to use herbicides to combat phragmites in Squibnocket Pond came to an end this week. The Hon. Gordon H. Piper on Monday vacated his own ruling from last January that had found a Chilmark bylaw banning herbicides on the pond was not valid.

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Risky Business of Herbicides
Beyond the monarchs and the milkweed a broad discussion has been unfolding on the Vineyard in recent months and weeks about the use of herbicides.
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Chilmark Will Press Case in Supreme Court Over Herbicides Near Pond
Remy Tumin
Chilmark will go to the state’s highest court to block a group of riparian owners from using herbicideson Squibnocket Pond.
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Chilmark Appeals to State Supreme Court in Case Over Use of Herbicides
Remy Tumin
Six riparian owners want to use herbicides to control phragmites in Squibnocket Pond. The town wants to block them, citing rules that prohibit pesticides around the pond. On advice of counsel, selectmen will ask the Supreme Judicial Court to decide the dispute.
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Comment Period Extended on NStar Spraying Program
Olivia Hull
The state Department of Agricultural Resources will allow comment until Feb. 18 on utility's plan to use herbicides to control vegetation under power lines.
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