Oroville tree advocates plan to move forward with lawsuit

Jan 28, 2015 6:41 PM by News Staff

In what may by the proverbial nail in the coffin in the fight over several trees around the Oroville Cemetery, a Butte County Judge granted a new preliminary injunction to Pacific Gas and Electric that will require police to keep protesters 30 feet from the site.

The ruling will allow PG&E crews to cut down the remaining sycamore trees located along Feather River Boulevard.

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.

There have been numerous protests by people who want the trees to stay. On Monday one protester was arrested while trying to cut down the first four of the 13 trees.

Bill Bynum from the group Save the Oroville Trees, told Action News Now the organization plans on moving forward with a lawsuit against PG&E and the city of Oroville, saying city officials failed to protect their natural resources.


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