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OPINION: PG&E's arrogance shows again

Original post made on Apr 7, 2014

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) agreed last week to hold off on implementing its plan to cut down hundreds of trees, including 390 along major thoroughfares in Pleasanton, as part of its robust effort to improve natural gas pipeline safety.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 7, 2014 at 9:03 am

According to Michael Fulford the cities' Arborist. City owned trees in Pleasanton are valued at more then $50 million. All trees in Pleasanton between the sidewalk and curb and gutter are owned by the city of Pleasanton. There are a number of areas outside of the curb and gutter such as parks that have city owned trees. With that amount of money in the city owned trees. It is reasonable to ask that PG&E compensate the city and any property owners impacted with the removal of any trees. regardless of any right of ways.

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Posted by Rick Nobles
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Apr 7, 2014 at 9:38 am

Hear, hear.

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Posted by Editors have left the building?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 7, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Who the heck wrote this?

"appearing as the new sheriffs of the East Bay"

"Not so fast, Pleasanton staff say"

Is this an op-ed or news story?

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Posted by Supporter of Jerry
a resident of Danbury Park
on Apr 7, 2014 at 4:55 pm

I really hope our mayor can get this fixed and quickly. PG&E has been kind enough to donate to his political campaigns in the past, so hopefully some of those contacts can be called on to stop this insanity. Although no one could accuse our mayor of being an environmentalist, it's clear to see that this PG&E proposal to destroy our town is so outrageous that even he has got right onto the job to stop it. Fortunately our mayor is a strong leader and he'll reach out to all groups in the community to save our trees.

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Posted by Editors have left the building?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 7, 2014 at 8:44 pm

In search of the all mighty tax dollar, the city will approve over and over again developments that will cut down hundreds of trees (Oak Grove), yet when its own streetside trees are hacked down, they make a big fuss.

Ah, the irony.

Too bad the city would never be able to hire any of the big environmental lawyers to stop this.

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Posted by Tree Hugger
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Apr 7, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Nothing destroys a community like an explosion... And I suppose none of you have ever had roots mess up your plumbing or crack your foundation. I think it's smart to have these pipelines accessible to make the whole community safe. Ask PG&E to plant new trees (away from their lines) or build a park. Why aren't we willing to partner to keep our citizens safe?

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Posted by Merrill
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 9, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Merrill is a registered user.

This is purely an attempt by PG&E to reduce costs. Published research has shown that root invasion by trees to deep gas pipelines is a non-issue. They want to use only aerial monitoring. Ground-based monitoring by auto equipped with special instruments has been proven in tests by the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI)to be highly reliable at leak detection as speeds of up to 45 mph. There is absolutely no justification, except cost, for wholesale removal of trees in an urban environment which is easily accessible by ground-based monitoring.