Today, many of those trees are gone, and you’ve asked WHY?.
After some research it was determined that the the work was being completed by a PG&E contractor. The Williams Pioneer Review reached out to PG&E and received information in a press release.
As part of its commitment to safety and serving the community, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will begin conducting critical gas safety work in early April above a natural gas transmission line that runs along Main and First streets.
This work includes replacing some trees and other brush that are currently located too close to the pipeline so that first responders and emergency response crews have immediate access to gas pipelines in case of a natural disaster or emergency. This access is also important to allow PG&E crews to perform important safety and maintenance work.
As demonstrated during recent storms in the region, first responders and PG&E crews must have immediate and unfettered access to equipment to ensure public safety and restore power to the community. The same emphasis on safety applies to pipelines below ground. In addition to critical access for first responders, tree roots can also wrap themselves around pipes and damage the protective coating, which can lead to corrosion and leaks.
PG&E is working together with the city and residents to grow the tree canopy a safe distance away from the pipeline. This landscaping and replanting work will provide Colusa with new trees and vegetation.
“Our first priority is the safety of our customers, their families and first responders. We have a great opportunity in front of us to ensure the future safety of the community while working together with residents to restore and replace trees. We completely understand how important shrubs, trees and greenery are to the community, and they are just as important to all of us who live and work in the area,” said Becky Johnson, PG&E’s local manager for the Sacramento area.
This work is part of the critical enhancements and upgrades PG&E has been making to its gas system over the past several years, which is considered to be the most significant overhaul of a gas system in decades—more pipeline replaced, tested and upgraded than anywhere in the nation.
The work began, April 6 and was expected to last two to three weeks.