PG&E Broke Safety Rules, Bay Area Affected

By Erika Okano
|  Thursday, Feb 3, 2011  |  Updated 9:23 AM PDT
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PG&E is admitting it broke safety rules. The utility says it ran pressure through some gas lines “well above” the legal safety levels. Some of those lines are in the Bay Area.

The state says the illegal pressure increases happened over a period of several years. State regulators have ordered PG&E to reduce the pressure on four gas pipelines, including one that runs through Santa Clara County and one that runs through Santa Cruz County. PG&E admits that it increased pressure on those lines by as much as 50% in some cases.

The lines affected include a 3.5-mile stretch from Milpitas to San Jose and another 0.5-mile stretch in Milpitas. There’s also an 8.5-mile section between Watsonville and Aptos Hills and a 17.75-mile stretch from Manteca to Modesto.

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