PG&E intends to clear cut: Company says it will take up to 80 percent of trees for 39 miles

by Jay Gamel, THE KENWOOD PRESS

The gloves have come off. After months of meetings and vague promises to “discuss” tree removal, PG&E told Oakmont and Bennett Valley residents on May 7 that it intends to clear cut the entire 39-mile-long, high voltage line that stretches from Petaluma to the Geysers. Steve Tankersley, head of the statewide vegetation management program told people at the meeting that the company intends to remove up to 4,000 trees between May 15 and June 15, and to finish the entire job by December.

The decision to clear cut is a significant departure from the company’s 50-year policy of examining and trimming trees that threaten power lines.

via The Kenwood Press – PG&E intends to clear cut.