PG&E Removes 1,400 Trees In Fresno District, Gas Pipeline Safety - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

PG&E Removes 1,400 Trees In Fresno District, Gas Pipeline Safety

Posted:
FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KMPH) -

We here at KMPH Fox 26 are always keeping a close eye on wasteful government spending.

We have an update to the story we brought you last week, and the thousands of dollars of your money wasted.

Last week we told you about nearly 50 mature trees along the Sugar Pine Trail in northeast Fresno were removed.

Now we've discovered some 1,400 trees are being removed in PG&E's Fresno District.

In addition, hundreds of trees will be removed along the backside of the Big Fresno Fair Racetrack.

Stacey Rianda, Deputy Manager Two of the Big Fresno Fair says, "Along the street, 250 to 300 trees we are hearing have to go."

PG&E spokesperson Denny Boyles says, "It's all in the name of safety."

Boyles says after the San Bruno explosion in 2010, new regulations have been put into place.

In the last year, PG&E completed a survey of its 6,750–mile gas transmission pipeline system using high precision GPS mapping.

What it found, some may call shocking.

Boyles says trees, fences, and even swimming pools were built on top of major gas pipelines.

Boyles says, "We knew what was there when we put the pipe in the ground. However we haven't necessarily gone back and looked at what's there now. So that's what the pipeline pathways is all about."

The projects' cost 500–million dollars, Boyles says part of it will be used to pay for the replacement of trees.

Reporter Erik Rosales asks, "So PG&E will give cities and counties a donation, in the form of check?

Boyle says, "Either that or we will buy trees and give them the trees. It varies on a case by case basis."

However, in an interview last week, Tree Fresno's top brass said removing some many mature trees could have a dramatic impact on the air quality.

Tree Fresno, Lee Ayers says, "We not only want to address the landscape for this section but we want to look at the air quality impact and the community at large. Hopefully there will be some provision for other trees."

Boyles say a majority of the 1,400 trees in the Fresno District have been removed.

If you'd like to see a map of the pipelines and see if your community could be affected, just clock on 'news links' on our website www.kmph.com.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Church in Northwest Fresno Vandalized

    Church in Northwest Fresno Vandalized

    Police are looking for the vandal that left the walls and front door of a northwest Fresno church spray painted. An administrator at St. Anthony of Padua church discovered the graffiti Saturday morning when arriving to work.One of the churches front doors and the walls around it had been spray painted with bizarre images and words.If you have any information that could help police identify the person who did this, call the Fresno Police Department at 559-621-7000.More >>
    Police are looking for the vandal that left the walls and front door of a northwest Fresno church spray painted. An administrator at St. Anthony of Padua church discovered the graffiti Saturday morning when arriving to work.One of the churches front doors and the walls around it had been spray painted with bizarre images and words.If you have any information that could help police identify the person who did this, call the Fresno Police Department at 559-621-7000.More >>
  • Valley Family Gives Back On Daughter's First Birthday

    Valley Family Gives Back On Daughter's First Birthday

    Brooklynn Harold has seen her share of doctors in the first year of her life. She was born with clubfoot and is now on the road to recovery. To celebrate her first birthday her parents decided not to shower her with gifts but instead to seek donations to help other kids with clubfoot.Her mother Jill Harold says her daughter has made great progress thanks to the orthopedic unit at Children's Hospital Central California and the staff at Valley Orthopedic. They asked family and friends to hold o...More >>
    Brooklynn Harold has seen her share of doctors in the first year of her life. She was born with clubfoot and is now on the road to recovery. To celebrate her first birthday her parents decided not to shower her with gifts but instead to seek donations to help other kids with clubfoot.Her mother Jill Harold says her daughter has made great progress thanks to the orthopedic unit at Children's Hospital Central California and the staff at Valley Orthopedic. They asked family and friends to hold o...More >>
  • Two People Found Dead In Their Clovis Home

    Two People Found Dead In Their Clovis Home

    Clovis Police say two people were found dead inside their home near Fowler Avenue and Tollhouse Lane. Detectives say both people were shot and killed Friday afternoon.More >>
    Clovis Police say two people were found dead inside their home near Fowler Avenue and Tollhouse Lane. Detectives say both people were shot and killed Friday afternoon.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KMPH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.