PG&E Not Required To Cut All Trees Near Lines


State fire officials say the law doesn’t require PG&E to chop down all trees and limbs near all of its power lines, just those that may come into contact with those lines. Cal Fire made that technical distinction in a Wednesday court filing, as requested by Federal Judge William Alsup overseeing PG&E’s probation. Cal Fire’s lawyers say the law is intended to apply to weakened or diseased trees but allows removing healthy trees if inspectors believe in their professional judgment a tree could fall on a line in high winds. However, they say, the provision doesn’t require “trimming or removing every healthy limb that hangs over a power line”.