PG&E: More Faulty Pipelines

Thursday, July 5, 2012 @ 03:07 PM gHale


More than 200 gas transmission lines are at-risk of exploding just like the one in San Bruno, CA, PG&E said.

A PG&E report identified 500 trouble spots of the sort that led to the San Bruno disaster. It concerns pipelines over-pressurized by the utility company. The company filed the report last March with the Public Utilities Commission, but it didn’t come to light until a reporter dug it up.

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In 2010 a pipeline in a residential neighborhood in San Bruno exploded, killing eight people.

The report identifies 239 gas transmission lines at risk of failure similar to the explosion of Line 132 in San Bruno.

“It’s important to remember this is 40-something, about 46 miles out of our entire system, so there (are) 230 lines that were identified here, but it’s only small segments of those lines. It could be anywhere from a foot to a few thousand feet,” PG&E spokesman David Eisenhower said. The utility is taking action to test or repair the trouble spots, Eisenhower said.

Three lines identified include Lines 101 and 109 between San Francisco and Milpitas, and Line 132, the same one that blew up killing eight people.

State Assemblyman Jerry Hill said PG&E hired an outside firm to assess the trouble area and he’s calling on the Public Utilities Commission to demand testing on all the troubled spots.

“The law clearly states that you have to hydrotest those pipes afterwards and I think this is the test. This is going to be the test of the California Public Utilities Commission. Are they going to stand by the law and what it says or are they going to allow PG&E to get away with not doing the appropriate testing which is what they’ve been doing all along and that’s what got us in trouble in San Bruno,” he said.



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