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PG&E gets to root of problem
Nearly 70 trees north of Ripon on the chopping block
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Concerns for Pacific Gas & Electric have been with trees and other vegetation damaging or creating barriers to the underground power lines.

A plan by PG&E to remove and replace a potential hazard along Jack Tone Road was recently discussed at a Ripon City Council meeting.

“There’s no danger being posed by these trees, but PG&E would like to care of these areas to prevent future issues,” said Dylan George, speaking on behalf of the utility giant during his presentation on Pipeline Safety Work.

He was referring to some nearly 70 trees north of Ripon.

The City of Ripon, according to a survey, has 30 trees on franchised property and another 30 to 40 on private property that will need to be addressed.

Over the years, PG&E has taken the initiative on pipeline safety in cities including Ripon by closely inspecting the areas above and around the pipelines for safety reasons.

“There is an ease of access (needed) for workers to reach these lines,” added George, who is the PG&E government relations representative in Stockton.

The other part of the plan calls for PG&E to work with staff as well as community members with the problem trees on private property on removing and replacing them.

Roots from trees and other vegetation have been concern for PG&E in recent years. Pipes are not only vulnerable to corrosion and damage but also create barriers for emergency responders in case of an emergency.

The California Public Utilities Commission approved an essential plan in which all woody material within five of the underground pipes must be cleared.

George, meanwhile, thanked Ripon staff members for their cooperation and help with this project.