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

    • David Gorrill CENTERVILLE, MA
      • 11 days ago

      While the breakdown of most herbicides may not directly affect our groundwater, there are more environmentally friendly methods which should be used first.

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    • Cheryl Herwig BREWSTER, MA
      • 18 days ago

      I am a breast cancer survivor and I don't want anyone else to have to go through this. Pesticides are killing us and it is time to stop Spraying.

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    • Eleanor Dee BARNSTABLE, MA
      • 19 days ago

      Environment is a way of life, STOP SPRAYING IT WITH HARMFUL HERBICIDES

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    • Molly O'Donnell MARSTONS MILLS, MA
      • 19 days ago

      The effects of these chemicals on humans and the Earth are irreversible and consequences of our hazardous uses of chemicals are already being seen within the population.

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    • Robert Ditty GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      I am currently holidaying in Cape Cod. I am sick of large companies potentially risking the health of humans, wildlife and destroying the environment in order to cut costs and hence maximise profits for their share holders.

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