Pipeline Safety


PG&E’s primary focus is on improving the safety of its gas operations. Currents has covered PG&E’s progress since the website was launched in early 2011.

September 6, 2016

Infographic: PG&E Completes 1 Million Picarro Surveys

Since 2014, PG&E’s Picarro gas leak survey vehicles have completed 1 million surveys throughout the service area. This vehicle-mounted, leak-detection technology is 1,000 times more sensitive than traditional…

August 31, 2016

Leak Detection Fleet Reaches Major Milestone

Until 2014, surveys to find gas leaks were done by foot. Now PG&E drives neighborhoods in Ford Explorers equipped with super sensitive leak detection technology. This month, the team achieved a milestone of 1 million surveys in less than two years.

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July 11, 2016

VIDEO: PG&E Employees Showcase Skills at Gas Rodeo in Livermore

With colleagues, family and friends cheering them on, PG&E employees showcased their skill and technique at a Gas Rodeo competition in Livermore. The event was a bid to to represent the company at a national competition in Denver in August.

February 19, 2016

Shasta County: PG&E Enhances Safe Operations of Redding-area Gas System

Work will begin this spring to enhance the safety and reliability of PG&E’s natural gas system serving several communities in Shasta County.

February 11, 2016

PG&E’s Community Pipeline Safety Initiative Improves Emergency Access, Gas Safety

Because every second counts when it comes to emergency response, PG&E is working with customers and communities to improve access to its gas pipelines in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

August 6, 2015

PG&E Embraces U.S. Proposal to Expand Use of Automatic Shut-off Valves

PG&E welcomes the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to expand the use of excess flow valves on natural gas distribution service lines in the United States.

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June 8, 2015

VIDEO: Crews Show Off Skills, Safety at First PG&E, IBEW Gas Rodeo

Sixteen teams showed up for the first annual PG&E and IBEW Gas Rodeo in Livermore in late May to show their colleagues and families that they have the skills to be national champions. As this video shows, the rodeo featured teams assembling a gas meter and hand-digging to find a gas line.

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May 20, 2015

10 Things to Know About Steve Redding, Honored Today for His Contributions to Natural Gas Industry

Here are 10 things to know about Steve Redding Sr., director of leak management in PG&E’s Gas Operations, who was honored with the Milton W. Heath Sr. Award at the 2015 American Gas Association meeting today.

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May 20, 2015

PG&E Completes 10th NTSB Safety Recommendation Since 2010 San Bruno Pipeline Explosion

PG&E today (May 20) announced that it has completed the 10th of 12 safety recommendations issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) following the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion. The NTSB granted “closed-acceptable action” status given the improvements the company has made on Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and commended the company’s actions for exceeding the scope of the recommendation.

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March 31, 2015

Study Shows Upgrades to Natural Gas System Helping to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

PG&E’s natural gas system contributed to the findings of a comprehensive, peer-reviewed study published online today (March 31) in Environmental Science and Technology that confirms methane emissions from local natural gas systems have significantly decreased in the past 20 years.

March 18, 2015

PG&E Embraces New NTSB Safety Recommendations for Natural Gas Pipeline Industry

PG&E welcomes and embraces the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) new safety recommendations for the gas pipeline industry. These recommendations were a result of a recent safety study on integrity management of gas transmission pipelines in urban areas completed by the NTSB.

February 2, 2015

30-Year PHMSA Veteran to Lead PG&E’s Gas Safety Training Programs

Lane Miller will join PG&E as the director of Codes, Standards & Training to lead all training and qualifications for its Gas Operations. Miller is the latest of the many gas experts to join the utility since the tragic San Bruno accident.

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January 26, 2015

VIDEO: PG&E Expands Partnership with Picarro as Next Phase of Industry-Leading Gas Leak Detection Strategy

PG&E today announced the next phase in its ongoing plan to improve safety and reduce methane emissions from its gas system through an expanded strategic alliance with Silicon Valley-based Picarro Inc.

January 2, 2015

PG&E’s Mini-Robots, Smart Pigs and Lasers Lead 2014 Gas Safety Innovations

PG&E helped to advance natural gas industry safety by testing and deploying more than 30 new, innovative gas safety tools in 2014. Thanks in large part to PG&E’s…

From left, Peter Glaholm of Lloyd's Register presented gas certifications to PG&E's Chris Johns and Nick Stavropoulos in May. (Currents Archive Photo.)
November 12, 2014

Lloyd’s Register Recertifies PG&E as Best-in-Class Gas System Operator

PG&E announced today that Lloyd’s Register, the independent, international auditor, recertified the company as a best-in-class gas system operator and the company’s ISO 55001: 2014 and PAS 55-1: 2008 certifications due in part to the progress it made across all aspects of its gas operations since its original qualification in May 2014.

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