Potomac Edison Responding to Emerald Ash Borer Threat

A Herald-Mail article (2016-10-11) reported that Potomac Edison is responding to the threat posed by the Emerald Ash Borer in its Western Maryland, Montgomery County, and West Virginia service areas cutting down thousands of ash trees along its power line corridors. According to the article, the company is spending more than $750,000 this year on the tree cutting. From the article:

“Ash trees pose a growing risk to our electric system as they quickly succumb to the emerald ash borer and have the potential to fall and damage our power lines, utility poles and other equipment,” James A. Sears Jr., president of FirstEnergy’s Maryland Operations and vice president of Potomac Edison, said in the release. “We are addressing this problem proactively and aggressively by removing the damaged ash trees before they disrupt electric service to our customers.” …

Tree crews contracted by Potomac Edison have taken down about 3,300 dead and dying ash trees in its Maryland service area so far this year and plan to remove about 1,700 more before the year is out, the release said. Asplundh Tree Expert Co., Jaflo Inc., Nelson Tree Service and Wright Tree Service are doing the work in this area.

In Washington County, work has been done — or will take place before the end of the year — in the Boonsboro, Hagerstown, Keedysville, Maugansville and Sharpsburg areas, according to the release. In Berkeley County, the work is being done in the Falling Waters, Hedgesville, Inwood and Martinsburg areas, the release said. …

Crews also are attacking the problem in Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Montgomery counties in Maryland; and Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson and Morgan counties in West Virginia, according to the release.

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