Opposition to the use of herbicides around Eversource power lines continued at a meeting of the West Tisbury select board on Wednesday night, when the board determined to send a letter opposing the practice to the state.


The Tisbury town administrator pressed his select board this week to take a tough stance against the ongoing practice by Eversource of spraying herbicides beneath power line rights of way.


Three Island towns have taken a first step toward restricting herbicide use after years of concern over the longstanding practice of spraying beneath power lines by the utility giant Eversource.

West Tisbury selectmen this week signed a letter to the Cape and Islands legislative delegation seeking a home rule petition that would allow the town to regulate herbicides.

Eversource will not spray herbicides around power lines on the Island this year, but debate is far from over as the utility giant files a five-year plan that would allow continued spraying.


Eversource Energy’s plans to spray herbicides under power lines on the Vineyard remained in the spotlight this week.