I camp in tents a lot and love the environment more than most. However, we should not be trimming trees under power lines. We should be cutting them down. Trimming only postpones the damage. Trees don't belong under power lines.
It really irritates me when a tree under power lines is finally cut down, and then someone plants another one that will pose a similar problem in the future.
BGE has overhead right-of-way for power lines, but it does not own the land in most locations. It can't just cut down trees. The legislature needs to pass laws that prevent trees from being planted under power lines and give BGE the ability to permanently remove trees that will become problems.
This will surely provide more reliable power going forward, and it should be a no brainer.
Chip Galloway, Ellicott CityCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun