Oroville police remove protesters, PG&E to proceed with tree removal

Feb 5, 2015 11:34 AM by News Staff

Pacific Gas and Electric crews plan to continue with a tree removal project outside the Oroville Cemetery, but were met Thursday morning by more protesters.

Last Wednesday a Butte County Judge granted preliminary injunction to PG&E that will require police to keep protesters 30 feet from the site. However when tree cutting crews arrived Thursday protesters were had climbed into some of the nine remaining trees.

PG&E officials say the proximity of the trees and the roots to an underground pipeline poses a safety hazard. The company wants to avoid a repeat of the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion that left 8 people dead. Officials say they considered moving the pipeline in Oroville, but determined the removal of the trees is the safest option.

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