Residents are divided on AEP-PSO’s aggressive tree-trimming policy, an Oklahoma Poll finds. Tulsans are split over the way AEP-PSO trims trees around power lines, according to the latest Oklahoma Poll.
The buzz of chain saws in shady neighborhoods is dreaded and welcomed by nearly the same number of residents, the poll found.
And more than half those surveyed say they’re willing to pay more on their electric bills to have the lines buried.
The poll of 500 likely voters was conducted Oct. 7-10 by Oklahoma City-based SoonerPoll.com. Sponsored by the Tulsa World and KOTV-Channel 6, the Oklahoma Poll has a margin of error of 4.4 percent.
When asked to describe the quality of the power company’s tree trimming, 44 percent said crews are cutting about the right amount or not enough. The majority — 46 percent — said the company is trimming too aggressively.
Poll participant Phyllis Levy cringes at the word trimming, which she thinks is a euphemism after seeing the way AEP-PSO cut trees near her neighborhood.