Herbicide Restrictions Gain Traction

Three Island towns have taken a first step toward restricting herbicide use after years of concern over the longstanding practice of spraying beneath power lines by the utility giant Eversource.

Town Takes Step to Control Herbicide Spraying

West Tisbury selectmen this week signed a letter to the Cape and Islands legislative delegation seeking a home rule petition that would allow the town to regulate herbicides.

Eversource Files New Plan for Spraying on Cape and Islands

Eversource will not spray herbicides around power lines on the Island this year, but debate is far from over as the utility giant files a five-year plan that would allow continued spraying.

Towns Try to Block Eversource Spraying, but Learn They Lack Clout

Eversource Energy’s plans to spray herbicides under power lines on the Vineyard remained in the spotlight this week.

Selectmen Reconsider Views on Herbicides

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.

Eversource Moves Ahead on Herbicide Spraying

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.

Eversource Spraying Sparks Renewed Opposition on Vineyard

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.

Eversource to Resume Herbicide Spraying on Island

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.

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

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.

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.