Residents to meet with PG&E over plan to strip backyards

Pipeline monitoriing will require residents to remove trees, landscaping from yards, PG&E says

Residents of San Lucas Avenue have succeeded in getting PG&E to meet with them as a group to discuss the utility company's plan to strip their backyards of trees and other landscaping.

The meeting between PG&E officials and residents is set for Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the city library at 585 Franklin Street. Public works director Mike Fuller, who arranged the meeting, said PG&E officials will share information about the project and answer questions.

Residents of San Lucas way, led by Beto and Eileen Telleria, want PG&E to move a major gas main -- the same line that exploded in San Bruno -- out from under their backyards instead of removing their beloved trees, one of which is the centerpiece of their Japanese garden.

But PG&E officials say it's too expensive to move the line for the 16 affected households. The easement must remain clear of trees and structures to allow overhead monitoring by laser-equipped aircraft, to allow repairs and to prevent damage from tree roots, PG&E says.

Residents of a condominium complex at 1963 Rock Street are also upset about PG&E's plan to remove the trees that shade their backyards and would also like to see the pipeline -- and another one next to it -- moved to Middlefield Road.


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Posted by Dig It
a resident of Castro City
on Sep 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm

If it must be, then the bright side is that the residents will have ample sun for great vegetable gardens. It can be healing.

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm

These two high pressure distribution lines (#109 and #132) are also under the fields at Crittenden Middle Sshool. They travel essentially under the third base and across the field (150 ft from the blacktop corner) to the middle of the parking lot off of Middlefield (West lot). The state will not allow new school property to be bought over these types of gas lines! There is supposed to be an independent (not PG&E) review when any school buildings are within 1500 ft of a high pressure line.

These are the types of details that the school Board and the MVWSD administrators should be keeping track of. (IMO) By talking to the city Public Works engineer on this, I've found that the #109 replacement (to the middle of Middlefield), will not be tied in until 2013 summer. And the #132 line (San Bruno explosion line) is not on even on the 3 yr. replacement schedule.

SN is a Candidate for the MVWSD Board.

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Posted by feruzzi
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 27, 2012 at 7:52 pm

The bigger picture and the point is PGE making changes that save them money but keeps lives of our neighbors in danger.In monitoring from the air, if they see something it will take time to get to the problem, they will have to evacuate. If an explosion there will be death and fire and they will not be able to deal with the pipe because they will be dealing with fire. If the pipe were in an area free of homes the pipes can be dealt with and people will at least have a chance. I want our neighbors safe, they deserve to have a life. I understand it will be expensive,but it is possible.

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Posted by Frustrated
a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Sep 27, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Haven't we had enough of PG&E putting profits ahead of safety? These neighbors have a ticking time bomb under their yards, and PG&E would rather strip their private oasis than spend the extra money to move the pipeline. Isn't one destroyed neighborhood enough for them to see the folly in staying on their present course? How incredibly selfish and fiscal. The new CEO wants to improve their relationship with the people of CA. Yeah, right. Sure does look like he's working hard to achieve that particular goal. Seems to me that the executives and stockholders could do without some of the wallet stuffing that goes on, and do the right thing by the state for a change. Also, why should this hand-full of neighbors be expected to shoulder the entire responsibility for providing the gas to this wonderful city and beyond? They will obviously lose any hope of resale value on their homes - who wants to buy a home with pipe 132 running through a backyard that isn't allowed to have any trees or shrubs in it? I can pretty much answer that - NO ONE. So, the answer is simple, but maybe more expensive than PG&E wants to spend. Move the pipeline. It's the right and moral thing to do.

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