Pipeline Safety


Overview

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.

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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November 4, 2014

VIDEO: PG&E Adapts Mars Rover Technology for Gas-Leak Detection Tool

Technology currently used on the red planet soon will be added to PG&E’s comprehensive suite of gas-leak detection tools. As this video shows, the laser-based technology was originally designed to find methane on Mars, a possible sign of life. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and PG&E have collaborated to adapt the technology to find gas leaks.

October 2, 2014

In Appeal, PG&E Asks for Reasonable, Proportionate San Bruno Penalty That Keeps Focus on Gas Safety

In a filing today with the California Public Utilities Commission, PG&E asked that any penalty associated with the 2010 explosion of a natural gas transmission pipeline in San Bruno be reasonable, proportionate and focus on what matters most to all parties involved – investing in gas safety.

September 24, 2014

Bakersfield: PG&E Installing New Gas Pipeline, Upgrading Gas Equipment

PG&E is preparing to install a natural gas pipeline and new regulator station near the corner of Ashe Road and Berkshire Road in southwest Bakersfield.

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August 11, 2014

PG&E’s Gold Shovel Standard Paves the Way for Safe Excavation

Today, PG&E announced a new, first-of–its-kind excavation safety standard at an event for construction professionals. The Gold Shovel Standard, created by PG&E, will ensure that contractors doing excavation work for PG&E demonstrate a commitment to safe digging.

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August 8, 2014

PG&E Promotes Safe Digging on National 811 Day

Aug. 11 provides a great opportunity to remind PG&E customers about the importance of calling 811 before any residential or commercial digging project.

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