UPDATE: PG&E Temporarily Suspends Project to Cut Down Thousands of Trees in Concord, Walnut Creek & Martinez

April 4, 2014 8:00 am · 18 comments


PG&E will not move forward on a plan to cut down thousands of trees over its gas pipeline until company officials are able to meet with city leaders from Walnut Creek, Concord & Martinez, and explore alternatives.

We will keep you updated with any further developments.

Please view the link shown below to read all the details on the plan to cut down 730 trees in Concord, 734 trees in Walnut Creek and 265 trees in Martinez.

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Triple Canopy April 4, 2014 at 8:08 AM

It’s in the name of “safety”!

Safety from pipeline failures
Safety from explosions
Safety from wrongful death suits
Safety from punitive damages
Safety from Federal indictments
… oh yeah, safety for the public.

KJ April 4, 2014 at 8:36 AM

PG&E is replacing gas lines in Mill Valley (there are lots of trees in Mill Valley!) and not one tree has been removed.

Fred April 4, 2014 at 8:45 AM

The pwer company should of been more proactive to not let trees grow on their easements. The meter reader comes around about once a year to check up and they will note any problems with plants or structures along their right of way. It’s all about providing reliable power safely.

Dwight Schrute April 4, 2014 at 9:09 AM

This is just a ploy to try to set themselves up to defend against future lawsuits.

EdiBirsan April 4, 2014 at 9:37 AM

This is rather misleading at the moment.
The current position of PGE in Concord is that they are holding off on PUBLIC lands but are going full speed ahead on private owners. They have secured *according to their spokesman on Monday, an agreement with 141 out of 151 property owners to chop down their trees etc. (In fact according to one relayed message they cut down the wrong tree in one case).

They are pushing ahead on these and have been using some questionable scare and power play tactics.

According to the spokesman, if you have a prior agreement and you are having second thoughts,,, as I would urge ALL to do, notify them that you have reconsidered their proposal and reject it so that you can be more aware of the circumstances and the alternatives to tree cutting that really do exist.

Not all trees have the same root system, or pose the same danger if ANY to a line, and the alternative inspection method to aerial inspection should be considered as well as PGE’s neglect for the last many decades in this area that significantly contributed to their current position.

There are also property values and community benefits that should be considered here which is one reason we have a tree ordinance in the first place.


EdiBirsan April 4, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Note, there is an agenda item (3d) on the City Council’s work sheet for this Tuesday on exactly this subject of the private and public clear cutting Spring Offensive by PGE.

PC April 4, 2014 at 9:40 AM

I would like to know why PG & E has been allowed to have power poles along Concord Blvd. remain two years after a street widening project. These poles are a safety hazard as well as a contributing factor to the morning and evening commute bottle-neck that exists there.

No matter what happens April 4, 2014 at 9:49 AM

we the rate payers will pay.

PG&E is as bad as the government, no matter what happens the people get screwed.

me April 4, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Is pg&e why there is a sudden tree chopping spree on contra Costa blvd between Viking and golf club? If it isn’t a redwood, it’s now a stump

Angelface April 4, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Thank you for the good info, EdiBirsan!

Walnut Creek Resident April 4, 2014 at 10:30 AM

They need to walk softly.

The Mamba April 4, 2014 at 10:51 AM

I have some trees PGE can trim or remove in my backyard, send them on over.

Michelle April 4, 2014 at 11:05 AM

so it seems

VikingPrincess April 4, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Good to hear this…hope the idea wasn’t motivated by the availability of Federal funds via Obama bill. Ironically, the San Bruno/ San Mateo pipeline blow out occurred shortly after the bloody thing was signed. They had lots of funds to fix, send out pamphlets and provide classes and presentations.
Yes, I actually read the Obama Bill.

rw April 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM

This begs the question as to who planted trees over pipeline easements? It kinda follows the same mentality of planting trees under overhead powerlines and then wondering why the trees need to be hacked to keep the branches from interfering with the wires.

Jojo Potato April 4, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Not all the listed trees were planted. The Walnut Creek maps show a bunch of native oaks out in the open space. That’s just wrong. If the trees were there already and a pipeline was put in nearby, then just too bad to PGE! Leave the trees alone.

Elwood April 4, 2014 at 5:13 PM

@ me #9

That’s the city of PH’s contractor doing site work preparatory to Contra Costa Blvd. improvements.

Victoria Ancona April 5, 2014 at 2:37 PM

I also (post 12), have a couple of trees that need removal, but don’t have that extra $3,700 to spare. So, if they feel they have to cut something down,please,by all means send them over

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