Friday, March 12, 2010

New Public Notification Handouts from Con Ed

The following 2 documents are being handed out in the Yorktown area as Con Ed commences new clear cutting (vegetation management).

Door Flyer - note that Dan Lyons (Con Ed PR) is the contact person on this card.

Information Handout - Read the Q&A section and you will see that in actual practice,  Con Ed does not follow this latest version of their VM procedures - especially regarding selective removals in the border zone and installation & maintenance of erosion control practices.


Note finally, the changes in their ROW pruning visual guide (above) which now shows an example of "mal-pruning" on the left edge of the ROW. Also, only small shrubs and trees are illustrated as desirable species in the Border Zone, regardless of air clearances to wire swing/sag zones.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

On the poor pruning of the ROW-bordering tree in the flyer:

The 2005 PSC Order is inconsistent on this. In the section at the end, the directives are unambiguous:

" Any undesirable vegetation rooted outside of the ROW that in any way encroaches into a priority zone shall be trimmed to the edge of the ROW."

This is precisely where this poor pruning comes from -- in the flyer and in Con Ed's TVMP. "Priority zone" is "utility-defined" as far as I can tell.

However, in the earlier "Discussion" section of the Order:

"Any undesirable vegetation rooted outside of the ROW that in any way encroaches into a priority zone is to be trimmed to the edge of the ROW consistent with industry standards in effect at the time of trimming."

Which might leave some room for proper pruning -- but this isn't the operative part of the document.

One would think that Con Ed would want to avoid creating danger trees.

- David