13 Cape towns slated for herbicide spraying

By Christine Legere
Mar. 4, 2015

NSTAR’s yearly plan for herbicide spraying beneath transmission lines is under review by the state, and all but two towns in Barnstable County have areas designated for treatment this fall.

Brewster and Provincetown are this year’s exceptions, along with all of Martha’s Vineyard.

The practice, which was restarted in 2013 after a four-year hiatus, has been the source of considerable outcry in the region each year, with opponents saying it puts the water supply at risk.

“We’re above a sole source aquifer,” said Laura Kelley, director of the citizens’ group Protect Our Cape Cod Aquifer. “When the contamination shows up in our drinking water, it will be too late.”

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