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The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission seeks assistance is crafting an issue lists regarding its order in the tree trimming case, issued Nov. 30, 2010. Here’s a link to the 111-page complete ruling.

Interested parties will gather for a technical conference 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Dec. 15, 2010 in the Commission’s Judicial Conference Room 222 (101 W. Washington St.,
Suite 1500 E). This will be the first in a series of technical conferences to shape the rule. At this first conference, the Commission will provide an overview of the rulemaking process. Then, it will then open the meeting for discussion on what issues should be included in the rule.

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Comment by Ellen on February 14, 2012 at 8:57pm

High voltage transmission wires, 765kv, the wires that AEP/IMP consider the most threatened by trees.

Service wires are low-voltage wire that range from 120 to 240 volts. These wires are typically attached to homes or businesses and are responsible for transporting power to those establishments after the voltage has been stepped down from high/primary voltage.

Service wires do not require the same clearance from trees as our distribution wires. Trimming may not be necessary because service wires are lower-voltage wires.  There you go, most of the hacking on healthy trees near low voltage is unnecessary, and just abuse of power by AEP/IMP, they know most people are uninformed.

Comment by Eric Stallsmith on February 8, 2012 at 7:07pm

You can pick up an extension cord and you are fine.  I figure these lines are like that.  I doubt that indiana powerlines are uninsulated either.

I mined coal and we handled 4160 volt insulated cables with our bare hands.  Once one got a hole and shorted and it blew itself apart by 40 or 50 feet.  If an electrical cable shorts is it pretty violent.

I think it is all about the cost of dealing with trees period and people in Indiana do not value a huge old growth canopy.  They must take the extra time to trim the tree sparingly in New Orleans.  I bet that a big old tree really helps cool a house.

Comment by Ellen on February 8, 2012 at 1:16am

Nice shape on those trees, thanks for sharing, wonder what the voltage is on the lines in that they can stay in the trees like that????, compared to the crapola trimmed trees  next to power lines in Indiana. IMP/AEP, along with the IURC have forced majority people to drink the kool-aid, and embrace the butchering/cutting down  of Indiana's healthy trees, indefinitely.

Comment by Eric Stallsmith on February 7, 2012 at 8:08pm

In New Orleans there are a lot of very old trees with very long branches.  The trees are hundreds of years old.  Obviously they take great care trimming the trees because you can see them tightly integrated with power lines.  The citizens are very proud of the trees and they really add beauty to the city.  Check out the pics below.  New Orleans gets strong storms and these trees have survived many storms.  So it proves that trees can exist near power lines.

Look carefully and you can see how the trees dwarf the 2 story houses and how the powerlines go through the middle of the tree.




Comment by Ellen on January 30, 2012 at 5:30pm

Hey....is asplundh doing a 'buzzey' for this neighbor......shame on asplundh, as well as the neighbor! That tree is well over 20' away from lines.

Comment by Ellen on January 27, 2012 at 6:50pm

Such a shame, this neighbor is just gloating because he is having asplundh cut down his trees for free. This neighbor is loved by AEP/IMP for giving them the green light to remove healthy old growth trees on his property per asplundh. Not even a danger to the lines. This tree in particular has been a nesting tree for the resident peregrine falcons.  A pair mates for life and returns to the same nesting spot annually.

Comment by Ellen on January 19, 2012 at 5:17pm

The orange terror was in the neighborhood, on an 18  degree day, minus one degree windchill factor....... nuts!

Just to hack, and whack on some really healthy, beautiful oaks.....no spikes here, but really, these guys probably would have kept butchering these trees, and exceeded the 25 percent canopy rule, if I hadn't been standing there documenting. 

Comment by Ellen on January 11, 2012 at 10:07am

More 'chatter' from the good 'ole boy utility line tree hackers.


 "I dont mind spiking trees for line clearance because the damage from the spikes is nothing compaired to what im going to do to it when i get up there"


Comment by Ellen on January 11, 2012 at 9:55am

According to ANSI A300 standards for pruning
Sprurs shall not be used for climbing or pruning
There are exceptions to this rule. Getting into a tree is one, so is bark thickness and utility work.    Oh, I am sure IMP-AEP has come up with all kinds of 'exceptions'

Comment by Ellen on January 10, 2012 at 4:50pm

These are Red Oaks that asplundh has spiked twice now.....not good in that the trees will be suseptible to oak wilt .

 Do not allow anyone wearing climbing spikes into your Oak trees. Although Oak Wilt can be spread by climbing spikes and pruning equipment, the most typical spread is through root grafting, between trees with a shared root space. Nitidulid beetles can also spread the disease. These beetles feed on fungal spore mats in infected trees.This type of beetle would be attracted to wounds and pruning cuts. This disease can spread quickly in areas dominated by Red Oak.



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