Keeping communities safe

Trees, brush and structures can threaten public safety by blocking access to the gas transmission pipeline during an emergency. These items may also prevent crews from performing important safety and maintenance work on the pipeline. Tree roots also pose a safety risk because they can cause potential damage to the pipeline, including leaks and damage to the protective coating of the pipeline.


As one part of our commitment to public safety, PG&E performs gas pipeline vegetation management work, such as removing trees and structures located too close to the gas pipeline. We conduct this work across Northern and Central California to help ensure that our customers and communities have access to safe and reliable gas service.

Through PG&E’s Community Pipeline Safety Initiative, we are working with our customers and communities to check the area above the pipeline for any items, including structures and trees, that could delay safety crews from getting to the pipe in an emergency and making it safe. As part of this work, we are committed to working with our communities and customers to replace any items identified as a safety risk that need to be removed. This includes planting new trees and other landscaping to maintain the beauty of our communities. This work is part of our commitment to safety, which is not just about today, but also about our future.

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Work we’ve completed in our communities so far

safety gas

Identified existing safety concerns through a centerline survey of 6,750 miles of PG&E’s gas transmission pipeline

other tools

Addressed more than 99% of safety concerns identified in communities

vegetation partners

Partnered with our customers to develop shared solutions for potential safety risks in their neighborhoods

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Minimized impact of safety work on customers by planting new trees at a safe distance from the pipeline and making sure areas were restored to preserve the natural beauty of communities




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DOWNLOAD THE COMMUNITY PIPELINE SAFETY INITIATIVE BROCHURE (PDF, 4.25 MB) >
DOWNLOAD THE COMMUNITY PIPELINE SAFETY INITIATIVE FACT SHEET (PDF, 518 KB) >
DOWNLOAD THE COMMUNITY PIPELINE SAFETY INITIATIVE FAQ (PDF, 44 KB) >

As part of PG&E’s commitment to safety, our Gas Transmission Vegetation Management program focuses on keeping the area above and around the gas transmission pipeline clear of items that can block access for safety crews in an emergency or for critical maintenance work.



PG&E crews regularly walk the pipeline and look for any new structures, trees or brush that could block access and confirm trees previously left in place have not developed into a safety concern. Based on our patrols and inspections, we may need to remove trees, brush and/or resprouted vegetation that are located too close to the pipe and pose a safety concern.



PGE Gas Transmission Vegetation Management Uses.

For all trees left in place as part of the Community Pipeline Safety Initiative, our patrollers review and confirm that they have not developed into a safety concern. This includes reviewing conditions such as changes in the tree’s health or the stability of soils in the area.


For newly planted trees we identify during our regular inspections, we assess the tree based on our vegetation standards and Guide to Safe Landscaping, which recommend keeping the area above the pipeline free of incompatible vegetation that could block critical access or damage the pipe. These guidelines are based on best practices from the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.


We also look for new structures that are located too close to the pipeline and could block emergency access to the pipe.


If any safety issues are found during an inspection, PG&E will work directly with the property owner to share information about the work and develop a path forward.


Want to learn more?


DOWNLOAD THE GAS TRANSMISSION VEGETATION MANAGEMENT FACT SHEET (PDF, 553 KB) >
DOWNLOAD THE GAS TRANSMISSION VEGETATION MANAGEMENT FAQ (PDF, 416 KB) >

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Frequently asked questions

Have a question about our gas transmission vegetation management programs? Click on a question below to learn more. You can also call us at 1-877-259-8314 for any additional questions you may have.


Community Pipeline Safety Initiative

Gas Transmission Vegetation Management