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This is a petition to stop Enhanced Tree Removal & Enhanced Tree Trimming scheduled by United Illuminating.

This petition had 1,611 supporters

United Illuminating (UI) has begun a pilot tree removal program that will needlessly cut down trees in Hamden and other UI service areas, and UI customers will be billed 100 MILLION DOLLARS to pay for it.

UI plans to remove healthy, curbside trees taller than approximately 15-20’ under utility lines in a practice called  Enhanced Tree Removal (ETR) and severely trim tree branches from nearby trees in a practice called Enhanced Tree Trimming (ETT). In the past UI provided selective trimming in a U or V shape around power lines, if trimming was needed at all. Common-sense selective trimming worked well for over a hundred years in Connecticut when responsible routine maintenance by the utility companies has occurred.  

The aggressiveness of the ETR tree removal process  and ETT will damage the environment and the beauty of our neighborhoods, as well as lower property values in Hamden and all other UI-serviced communities.  Lower property values contribute to increased tax mill rates. 

Please sign this petition as soon as possible.  The Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) reviews UI’s plans on Wednesday January 22 (now postponed until Wednesday, January 29, 2014).  This petition will be sent to Mayor Jackson; Representatives Sharkey, D'Agostino and Adinolfi; Senators Looney and Crisco; Governor Malloy; and PURA.  

Details and on going responses to the plan can be seen at the PURA site ( as well as the Garden Club of New Haven (; Save Hamden Trees (; New Haven Independent (; New Haven Regester (; and other news and community organizations.

If you receive this petition after January 29, please sign anyway! This could be a long battle and your support will help! Please forward to others.  UI-serviced communities, in addition to Hamden, are Ansonia, Bridgeport, Derby, East Haven, Fairfield, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull, West Haven and Woodbridge.




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