Killing Trees For Green Energy With PECO
By Bob Small
PECO is planning a $12 million investment in Swarthmore as part of a larger statewide electricity initiative that calls for removing lots of trees.
You can call the plan “We Kill Trees To Go Green”
The current utility poles are 35 feet tall, and PECO wants to replace them with fifty footers.
The assessment at the Nov. 15 borough council is that 124 trees must go, most of which are decades old. PECO promises to replace them with 2-and-a-half-foot saplings
PECO refuses to use underground electrical lines it was revealed despite their use in Springfield and at Swarthmore College.
PECO cites higher costs as among the reasons they don’t want to tunnel in the dirt in the borough.
Swarthmore Borough Council has been in negotiations with PECO, but has not found a way forward as of last night’s meeting.
In keeping with our tradition, Swarthmore residents are beginning to organize, with letters and phone calls as the first salvo in the battle.
While PECO has not approached my block yet, but we don’t know that they won’t. To be clear, my household is not involved with the organizing.
There are numerous other examples of PECO’s attempts to destroy trees in a similar fashion. A few are listed below.
Why is PECO cutting down trees? – The Intelligencer