As many of you have probably heard, N Star announced, in early August, that they were planning to commence spraying the power lines with herbicides after a four year halt to their program due to public opposition.
While N Star has minimized the possible deleterious and long term affects of the chemicals that it plans to use on the power lines to control the growth of vegetation, there is enough substantial scientific evidence which is not some emotional "environmental whacko" propaganda to warrant challenging this program.
CapeGreen has collected enough evidence to cause many of us to question the N Star project of using chemicals which could have a tangible and serious affect not only on our environment in general but on our well water and, ultimately, our health.
I would advise anyone interested in this potentially harmful plan of N Star to go the local CapeGreen website to read the fact sheet on this subject on of using herbicides on the power lines to control vegetation growth.
While N Star insists on the safety of what they plan to use to control the vegetation, they are not accounting for the common "drifting" of the herbicides they are planning to confine to one specific area along the power lines -- which could very likely end up not only in our ponds but in our well water.
Many residents where I live in West Barnstable are close enough to the power lines to have their wells affected by the spraying of herbicides near by. The pristine kettle ponds abutting the power lines here are rich with all varieties of aquatic life and birds surrounding them. There are numerous bike trails and walking paths surrounding the power lines here which are routinely used by people with children.
Is this a place where herbicides whose toxic properties are minimized should be used? Chemicals whose affects on humans and the environment have been recognized by enough studies to cause us to be concerned.
There is enough documented and substantial data to reveal that there is a risk to all living organisms with the chemicals that N Star plans to use, despite their denial of this. Four years ago, with such high public opposition, N Star stopped their program of using herbicides.
So why now should this procedure be resumed at the risk of compromising the public and the environment?
On the CapeGreen website you will be directed as to how to voice your opposition to the N Star program of herbicides by contacting the appropriate officials who are open to the public's input on this for the designated forty five day period of public comment to the N Star plan.
Also, call N Star and tell them you are opposed to the plan to spray the herbicides. Every voice does count.
We have enough issues on the Cape with a growing population and water issues without adding another contaminant to the environment and believing that it is not going to alter it and, quite possibly, have negative ramifications on our health as well if the chemicals seep into our ground water.
Let's do our homework on this one before the scheduled spraying program commences this fall. Most of us chose Cape Cod for its beauty and quality of life.
We owe it our concern.