For months, NStar fought with tree lovers in the leafy suburbs west of Boston over the utility company’s new policy of cutting down trees around high-voltage transmission lines, which carry power to tens of thousands of customers. When Sandy barreled through the state on Monday, NStar’s efforts appeared to pay off: not a single transmission line fell. But was the benefit of the tree clearing worth the cost to the suburban skyline? Residents of the swath of metrowest towns where the utility did its cutting aren’t so sure.
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