Edgartown selectmen backed off an idea to send a letter of concern to Eversource after the conservation agent shared information about plans to use herbicides under power lines.

Herbicide spraying on West Chop and near the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road could begin as early as Friday, after the state pesticide board voted last week not to consider a one-year moratorium on spraying in the region.

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission, state representatives, town officials and others are all calling on the utility giant to find alternatives to herbicide spraying under power lines this year.

For the first time in four years, Eversource Energy plans to apply herbicides under some of its power lines on the Vineyard. A public comment period ends March 27.


The Martha’s Vineyard Commission Thursday approved the new NStar poles that have already been installed along Island roads, but attached several conditions for future projects.

Discussion about the controversial new NStar poles continued this week before the Tisbury selectmen.

Representatives from the power company appeared before the selectmen Tuesday evening for a public hearing on six poles on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road. Although the poles have already been installed, the selectmen used the hearing as a forum for airing concerns about the noticeably larger and taller additions to the roadside.