Protect Cape Cod water & our health – Say "Nay" to the Spray
  • Petitioning Tom May

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NSTAR CEO
Tom May

Protect Cape Cod water & our health – Say "Nay" to the Spray

    1. Petition by

      Susan Phelan

      West Barnstable, MA

NSTAR had plans to spray 5 different herbicides on approximately 150 miles of transmission line rights-of-way as part of its yearly Vegetation Management Plan. The rights-of-way include private residential properties, private wells, wildlife habitat for endangered species, walking/biking paths as well as 78% of zones of contribution to public water supplies.

Cape Cod’s unique environment of sandy soil along with its sole-source aquifer demand the use of non-toxic methods to prevent pollution of our water supply. Non-chemical means of vegetation control, using mechanical cutting and hand-mowing, were used for decades.

NSTAR quietly began spraying herbicides between 2004 and 2007. Residents became aware of this practice when NSTAR filed a new Vegetation Management Plan in 2008. After months of public outcry, NSTAR agreed to a one year moratorium on spraying until the end of 2010.

Continued protest from residents, businesses, physicians, and resolutions in opposition from all 15 Cape Cod towns has led to another one-year moratorium, announced in March of this year 2011. Our goal is to keep the pressure on NSTAR to permanently discard the use of chemicals on Cape Cod by petitioning the CEO Tom May to agree to abandon this poison plan for Cape Cod..

 

 

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    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. NSTAR violates law and secretly sprays over Cape Cod aquifer

      Susan Phelan
      Petition Organizer

      Between Nov. 18 and Dec. 12 of 2013, NSTAR contractors surreptitiously sprayed thousands of gallons of herbicide mixture over 800 acres of Cape Cod without the knowledge or consent of the owners! As we have seen in the past months of NSTAR’s spraying, they seem to think the federal label laws, their own Yearly Operational Plan, and the Code of Mass Regulations are merely “suggestions” rather than laws. This can’t be allowed to continue in 2014 as all 15 Cape towns have signed resolutions opposing the spraying and thousands or residents and tourists have complained along with local businesses, public health professionals, scientists. We continue to demand NSTAR immediately transition to non-chemical means of ROW vegetation management as other utilities have. STILL-they persist in their polluting practices. This is the time to hang tough and not back off! Please forward this petition to friends and other concerned citizens. Cape Cod is too precious to poison!

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. New Goal

      Susan Phelan
      Petition Organizer

      We are continuing to garner signatures. Having nearly reached our goal of 2000 signaturres, we have increased this goal to 3000. Please ask concerned friends to sign.

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. Cape Codders Draw Line in the Sand Against NSTAR Herbicides at the Canal

      Susan Phelan
      Petition Organizer

      Cape activists, a State Senator, a physician, and a scientist gathered to call for NSTAR to stay off Cape Cod with herbicides until they make a permanent no-spray commitment. Please sign, too! http://www.facebook.com/pages/GreenCAPE/203452439664945

    7. We thought NSTAR was planning a pilot project using GOATS to eat brush....

      Susan Phelan
      Petition Organizer

      But no further work has been done on this. Just for PR. GreenCAPE invited the Cape delegation and county officials on a goat walk to demonstrate goat's voracious appetites for shrubs and weeds and gain support for using animal power on ROW.

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Ian Heppel BRISTOL, ME
      • about 17 hours ago

      Because it's the right thing to do

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    • Suzanna McMahan RIDGELAND, MS
      • 4 days ago

      “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”

      ― Theodore Roosevelt

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    • Laura West SEBASTIAN, FL
      • about 1 month ago

      The health and well being of all of the residents of Cape Cod are at stake here.....especially the children and the unborn.. Please do not let Nstar poison our environment.

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    • Sean Ducoot CHATHAM, MA
      • about 1 month ago

      I own property that has an easement which I want to plant my veggie garden. Even though I am clearing and taking care of the area myself, Nstar still wants to spray, but there is nothing for them to spray!!

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    • Debbie Davidson BOWIE, MD
      • about 1 month ago

      Members of my family have lived on the Cape for generations. We all oppose the use of chemical agents to control vegetation due to the harmful effect such measures have on ground water, private property and the habitat.

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