Letter: Eversource actions disrespect Darien residents, environment

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Hearst Connecticut Media

To the Editor:

I grew up in Darien and have been lucky to live for the past 17 years in a home that is next to the Selleck and Dunlop Woods nature preserve. We are a quiet tree-lined neighborhood. On May 18 on my way home I was surprised to find a long row of trees with signs posted by Eversource and tagged for removal. I hoped it was a mistake. It wasn’t.

Our neighborhood is very close and we did what we always do, we talked and decided to object to the clearcutting of the trees. Some neighbors were concerned about their property value, some about the character of the neighborhood, some about the birds and wildlife who live in the trees where signs were posted. Some, like my mother, were focused on the broader issue of climate change.

On June 11, Eversource appeared with a ridiculous number of trucks under emergency authorization and devastated trees along Little Brook Road. I don’t understand the extent of the work or why the company decided it was ok to so aggressively go after the trees, and by extension our community and our neighbors.

Eversource is a private company and a public utility. I would think they would show more respect for their customers, their stockholders, and the planet.

Charlotte Tallis

Darien