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

Original post made on Sep 26, 2012

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

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Posted by john doe
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Ummm I am sure ALL disclosers showed the pipeline there when all of them bought the house. The pipeline has been there 20+ years.. Another example of Homeowners not taking responsibility for their own decision to buy something....... yea lets spend millions of dollars to move something that we knew was there when you bought it...[Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language]

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Posted by Oracal
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

It is far cheaper to cut the trees than to move the line.

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Posted by Larry Medina
a resident of another community
on Sep 27, 2012 at 10:20 am

A quandary, for sure... had they been regularly inspecting the line since it's installation 40+ years ago, they would have seen the trees or other obstructions in 'their easement' long ago and they should have discussed the issue with homeowners then.

Unfortunately, what this further points out is their failure to have performed regular inspections and to see obstructions that were a potential hazard to the pipeline. Now, they want to take the knee-jerk reaction of removing the trees and blaming their existence on the homeowners.

It's apparent the trees didn't grow to their current size overnight, and they OBVIOUSLY weren't seen as a hazard before... and before, I mean BEFORE PG&E began using fly-over laser technology to inspect pipelines, which is in the past 5 years. Is there some reason that they can't "split the difference" and agree to perform the routine inspections on this segment of pipeline rather than invoke the "scorched earth" plan?