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.

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April 24, 2014

PG&E’s Eye in the Sky: Former Navy Flight Officer Leads Helicopter Patrol Team

At Concord’s Buchanan Airport, David Wood and a flight crew inspect their gear and review their plan before taking off in a Bell Long Ranger helicopter. Their mission: Protect natural gas transmission pipelines in the Central Valley.

April 14, 2014

San Jose: Open House to Answer Questions about Pipeline Replacement

PG&E will host an open house on Thursday (April 17) in San Jose to talk to residents about a distribution pipeline replacement project that begins this week.

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April 9, 2014

PG&E Hosts Safety Events This Month Focused on Safe Digging

April is National Safe Digging Month, and PG&E will be hosting booths at Home Depot stores in San Jose, Emeryville and Modest to remind customers about the importance of calling 8-1-1 before starting any digging project.

March 24, 2014

Yuba City & Salinas: Open Houses to Answer Questions about Hydrostatic Testing

PG&E will host open houses this week in Yuba City and Salinas to talk to residents about upcoming hydrostatic pressure testing.

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March 12, 2014

PG&E’s Chris Johns Shares Safety Lessons with Digging Industries

Stopping homeowners and excavators from accidentally digging into natural gas pipelines is a major part of PG&E’s pipeline safety efforts, utility President Chris Johns said at a national excavation safety conference in Phoenix.

March 10, 2014

Mountain View: Open House to Answer Questions about Pipeline Replacement

PG&E will host an open house on Thursday (March 13) in Mountain View to talk to residents about an upcoming transmission pipeline replacement project.

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March 7, 2014

PG&E, Others Developing Mini-Robot to Enhance Pipeline Inspections

PG&E has joined with others to develop a robot prototype that will enhance the companies’ ability to visually inspect natural gas pipelines for signs of corrosion, while minimizing lengthy constructions digs.

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March 5, 2014

Crews Use Planter Boxes to Create Innovative Gas-Leak Repair Training

Using 2x4s, sand and dirt, a group of PG&E gas workers, in coordination with the company’s Grassroots Safety Team, built planter boxes that allow them to practice pipe squeezing, an important safety technique during a gas leak. And learning how to do this in a simulated situation better prepares the workers when a real leak occurs.

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February 27, 2014

VIDEO: Using New Technology, PG&E Begins Inline Inspection of Peninsula Pipeline

Using a new tool created just for this purpose, PG&E has begun the inline inspection of a natural gas pipeline that extends up the San Francisco Peninsula. A so-called “smart pig,” the device was launched from the Milpitas Terminal this morning.

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February 25, 2014

Sacramento: PG&E Showcases Innovative Gas-Leak Detection Technologies in Briefing with U.S. Rep. Ami Bera

On Monday, PG&E brought technologies that identify natural gas leaks with more precision and speed together at its service center in Sacramento for a briefing and field visit with Sacramento County Congressman Ami Bera,

February 21, 2014

Butte County: PG&E Working at Night on Natural Gas Pipe on Highway 99

PG&E will begin work March 3 to de-activate an unused natural gas distribution pipe at Highway 99 and East Hazel Street in Gridley.

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February 20, 2014

PG&E Appoints Sumeet Singh as Vice President in Gas Operations

PG&E today announced the appointment of Sumeet Singh as vice president of Asset and Risk Management in Gas Operations. Previously, Singh served as senior director of Asset Knowledge Management and Integrity Management, where he led the effort to successfully close out critical NTSB recommendations.

February 10, 2014

PG&E Upgrades Gas Main along Oroville-Chico Highway

PG&E is installing a new gas main along the Oroville-Chico Highway, work that will improve the safety and integrity of the natural gas system for customers.

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February 5, 2014

Contractors Help PG&E Spread the Word about Calling 811 as Dig-Ins Continue to Be a Problem

PG&E is redoubling its efforts this year to reduce “dig-ins” after an increased number of third party construction excavation crews struck gas pipelines in 2013. This year, the utility is starting an ambassador program that encourages contractors to promote the free 811 telephone service, which arranges the marking of underground lines before any digging project.

February 3, 2014

PG&E Testing Ultrasonic In-Line Inspection Tool as Latest Sign of Pipeline Safety Progress

In an effort to continue growing its stringent pipeline inspection program, PG&E recently assessed Line 186 in Dos Palos with an ultrasonic in-line inspection tool, a device which uses water, instead of natural gas, to move through the pipeline and identify any dents, gouges or scraps that may exist.

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