Residents fighting against SDG&E pipeline

Posted at 5:27 PM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-31 20:27:37-04

SANTEE, Calif. (KGTV) -- Residents in Santee are worried about a pipeline that could go through one of their popular parks. 

SDG&E plans to replace a 70-year-old pipeline from Rainbow through Miramar. SDG&E says that’s where they want the pipeline, but the California Public Utilities Commission is looking into other options, including through Santee. 

The alternative option through Santee would also run through Mission Trails Regional Park. 

Residents are concerned that the pipeline could destroy the environment at the park or create an explosion like the one in San Bruno. 

SDG&E told 10News the pipeline is safe and that is why the old one is being replaced. They said the alternative route through Santee is a route the state commission is exploring. SDG&E prefers going through Miramar to avoid impacting the environment and private property in Santee.

If the plan moves forward after it is reviewed by the state, construction would begin in 2020. 

Residents have until June 12th to provide public comment.