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Anger over PG&E tree-removal plan

PG&E's plans to remove trees along a 39-mile corridor through Sonoma County were met with angry rebuke at a community meeting Thursday night.

PG&E officials fielded sometimes-antagonistic questions for nearly two hours as property owners demanded an explanation for changes to the company's revised vegetation management policy.

The new plan is a response to more strict federal mandates and penalties related to power blackouts, said Bob Bell, supervising program manager for PG&E.

"We have to follow the rules," he said.

"We are doing this because we do not think the risk is acceptable here," he said. "We do not want to set this community on fire."

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