PG&E addresses safety issues with Oroville trees

Jan 21, 2015 8:05 PM

PG&E officials in Oroville fear another San Bruno If 13 trees aren't removed outside the cemetery. Officials held a news conference today stressing why the trees are potential safety hazards to the community.

Despite the protesters that are outside the cemetery every morning stopping tree crews, PG&E plans to take the trees down. Officials say although the proximity of the trees to the underground pipeline do pose a safety hazard, they say they are learning new details about the roots of the trees.

"We have found that the soil is "conducive" for the roots to go right along the pipeline, they embed themselves in the pipeline and they expose the pipeline to corrosion." says Chauna Moreland from PG&E.

California's largest utility company wants to avoid a repeat of the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion that left 8 people dead. Officials say have considered moving the pipeline in Oroville, but they say the removal of the trees is the safest option. The company also announced a new landscape proposal for the community of oroville when the trees are removed.

A representative from the group Save Oroville Trees says they don't support any plan to remove the trees. The group still plans to protest every morning.


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