PG&E Will Shut Down San Carlos Pipeline

By Bay City News
|  Monday, Oct 7, 2013  |  Updated 6:45 PM PDT
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The City of San Carlos wants certainty over natural gas line 147, which PG&E claims is safe. Kris Sanchez reports.

The City of San Carlos wants certainty over natural gas line 147, which PG&E claims is safe. Kris Sanchez reports.

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San Carlos Declares State of Emergency Over PG&E Pipeline

City officials in San Carlos, Calif. have declared a State of Emergency after a series of internal PG&E e-mails sparked safety concerns over a natural gas line that runs through the city. Issues with the gas line include certain sections made up of a "thin wall" pipe made in 1929 and external corrosion with fatigue cracks on the pipe. City leaders on Friday also requested PG&E shut down the pipeline until a hearing could be conducted with CPUC to address the issue. PG&E declined the request, according to city officials. The city on Friday night obtained a temporary injunction against PG&E in San Mateo County Superior Court requiring PG&E to immediately shut off service to pipeline 147. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 24.
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PG&E confirmed Sunday that it was shutting down a natural gas pipeline in San Carlos that city officials believe could be unsafe, a utility spokesman said this afternoon.

Crews were initiating a "proper, safe and effective" shutdown of Line 147 in response to a court order from a San Mateo County Superior Court judge and concerns from San Carlos city officials and residents, PG&E Greg Snapper said.

San Carlos Declares State of Emergency Over PG&E Pipeline

The court order was issued Friday after an alleged set of internal PG&E emails was sent to San Carlos officials on Thursday, casting doubt on the condition of the 84-year-old line that runs 3.8 miles beneath Brittan Avenue.

PG&E officials this weekend said that Line 147 would be shut down "out of an abundance of caution," but assured that the pipeline would not have been in operation if it was thought to be unsafe.

"Pipeline 147 is safely operating in San Carlos," Snapper said.

PG&E crews today were gradually dropping pressure in the pipeline after evaluating the effects that a complete shutdown would have on connecting gas lines and regional customers, Snapper said.

"There are not going to be any gas impacts to our customers," he said.

Shutdown work was expected to be completed on Monday, when PG&E would continue talking to the city to decide what comes next, he said.

Officials from San Carlos were not immediately available to comment Sunday.

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