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Plea from Outraged Local: 'PG&E to Chop 735 Walnut Creek Trees without Permits'

Posted by Jill March 24, 2014 at 09:03 AM 

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Walnut Creek residents,  Please see the message below about PG&Es plan to cut down hundreds of trees in the downtown, neighborhoods and Open Space without permits (if they are near a pipeline).  

It is shocking the scope and number that they are planning to kill.  The exact location and type/number of trees can be found in the link.   

Sign the Change.org if you feel similarly outraged.  

This will affect our city and immediate neighborhoods for generations to come.  Please make your voice heard and spread the word too.  

Exact location on these pages: http://www.walnut-creek.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=8524    

and the Change.org petition  asking PG&E to negotiate with the city is here:   http://www.change.org/petitions/pacific-gas-electric-company-meet-with-walnut-creek-leaders-resident...

Stephanie Fishkin Dark March 24, 2014 at 01:26 PM
Please note that the change.org petition was started by WC Mayor Kristina Lawson.
KAC March 24, 2014 at 11:59 PM
Does the Mayor or City Council have no say in these matters?
Mom 2 Boys March 25, 2014 at 09:28 AM
Just noting the phrase: "if they are near a pipeline" ... are you aware how much money PG&E pays "tree trimming" companies to keep trees planted on or around lines and pipes? The cost is passed on to the rate payers. Why trees are planted under and around electrical transmission and distribution is beyond me, but you have to decide, do you want the lights to turn on? the computer you just used to type your message? We all love trees! They need to be planted away from the power lines both above and below ground.
JKI March 25, 2014 at 11:03 PM
I recently read that one reason they were wanting to remove trees was so they could conduct aerial inspections of their pipes/lines, with visual or other sensory devices. This points to it not truly being a safety issue, more one of PG&E efficiency and wanting to move to higher tech inspections. For the vast majority of the more rural areas in the state where PG&E has pipes/lines this isn't a problem, but to think they can just steam-roll into established urban areas with some trumped up maintenance mandate is ludicrous, and deserves to be challenged.
One more time with feeling March 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM
And yet not a peep when trees were wiped out for all the development currently underway around the City. Or when the trees were removed from Heather Farm Park prior to the road improvement. Or those deemed "unhealthy" (code word for "it is in the way") as the "all abilities playground" inches closer to project start. After all, if they are so darned "unhealthy" (and don't forget, "unsafe"), why have they been allowed to stay for over a year? I am not in any position to defend PG&E, but for the City to complain like this is interesting to me. Perhaps PG&E has not paid in-lieu fees like developers pay. (I understand developers use a different word describing these fees.)

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