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PG&E to Clear Fewer Oaks Under Power Lines

July 13, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will proceed with a scaled-back plan to clear oak trees in the Carpenter Canyon area.

A panel of local officials toured an eight-acre "test site" Wednesday, where oaks had been marked for pruning or removal under PG&E transmission lines. The work was ordered because of fire concerns.

On May 12, about 75 demonstrators gathered at a neighboring farm to protest the planned tree and brush clearing. PG&E agreed not to cut any of the oaks until experts studied the area.

Now, rather than removing half of the more than 200 oaks, only 22 will be removed.

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