PG&E Community Pipeline Safety Initiative and Impact on Environment

Image: Kevin Collins

Image: Kevin Collins

The County is working with PG&E and community advocates on an ambitious Community Pipeline Safety Initiative along the 60 miles of high-pressure gas transmission lines in Santa Cruz County. PG&E has proposed to remove hundreds of trees above its gas line along Graham Hill Road between Santa Cruz and Felton and in other areas of the County.

While I appreciate that PG&E must have the ability to maintain, inspect, and operate its system, and I support measures to ensure pipeline safety, I share a number of residents’ deep concerns about losing the trees. Concerns have been raised regarding the impacts on water, road stability, water, air, wildlife, and long-term health and safety.

Supervisor John Leopold and I asked that the project be put on hold while the County creates a framework agreement with PG&E that makes sure our local and state environmental regulations are met, and incorporates specific guidelines for tree removal with the intent to minimize the number of trees cut.