Mason Tree Tussle

By: Dan Ponce
By: Dan Ponce

Fifty trees chopped down.

Consumers Energy says it was well within its rights, but a couple from Mason isn't buying it.

"We’re devastated, we feel like part of our family had been taken from us," said Nancy Parsons, who returned from work Thursday to find more than 50 trees cut down.

Planted in the early 90s, the trees became a natural wall for their rural house that lies about a half mile from the road. But they ran right under the power lines that go to the house.

John Hall, a spokesman from Consumers Energy, said the company had no choice but to remove the trees because they were threatening power lines.

"14,000 volts is not something to play with at all," Hall said.

The Parsons have filed a formal complaint with Consumers Energy. Consumers said it is working with the couple to finish the clean up process, and provide more information.

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