PG&E has agreed with the city of Lafayette to cut-down 272 trees, 216 of which are "protected" by city ordinance. In many cases, these are large oak trees at least a hundred years old that loom over the public and private properties of Lafayette. In exchange, the city has agreed to accept $530K for street meridian improvements. This tree destruction would create the single-largest impact on Lafayette's semi-rural environment in its history.
PG&E states the tree-cutting is necessary for access to their gas pipeline, but along the Lafayette Trail, there is clearly no access problem. PG&E says the tree roots may damage the system, but there has been no cases of gas explosions due to trees, only bad PG&E welding. In fact, there is evidence that trees may DECREASE pipeline failure by supporting soil structure.
PG&E's "one-fits-all" approach to tree cutting is an environmentally short-sighted approach at the expense of communities throughout the Bay Area.
The citizens of Lafayette respectfully demand the following:
Lafayette's environment will be impacted for generations if this is not done.