August 25, 2014 3:11 pm
Updated: August 25, 2014 5:12 pm

Halifax doesn’t want Nova Scotia Power cutting down its trees

HALIFAX – Halifax is known as the “City of Trees,” but some of those trees could soon be in danger.

Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) says it wants the right to cut down any tree on public land that interferes with its power lines and for provincial and municipal governments to stop planting trees near its lines.

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The requests are part of a report filed with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board last week, outlining the power utility’s performance after post-tropical storm Arthur.

Global News has obtained exclusive access to the city’s request to become an intervenor in the board’s review of NSPI.

The city’s letter to the board states NSPI’s “broad request has the potential to negatively affect sensitive areas such as the Public Gardens, Point Pleasant Park, other HRM parklands, and streetscapes.”

NSPI’s recommendations “could negatively impact both HRM and its citizens,” the letter warns.

Officials from both the city and Nova Scotia Power declined to comment on the letter, stating the matter was now before the Utility and Review Board.

Global News has also learned the board granted Halifax an exemption to the deadline for intervenors to apply for official status, which was July 31.

NSPI’s recommendations and requests were released Aug. 19 and the City of Halifax’s letter to the Board is dated Aug. 20.

The Board is inviting further public comment on its website until Sept. 9.

Read Halifax’s letter of request and the UARB’s response below:

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