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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July 14, 2014

PG&E Testing New Monitoring Technology for Gas Pipelines

New technology helps remotely monitor the structural health of pipelines using ultrasonic waves to provide advance warning of changes.

May 27, 2014

VIDEO: PG&E Receives Milestone Recognition for Transforming Safety Culture of its Gas Operations

PG&E was recognized today for earning two difficult-to-achieve international certifications, the result of the company’s commitment to transforming its gas operations and building a strong safety culture. PG&E “has made the most progress in the last two years of any business I’ve worked in,” said a representative from Lloyd’s Register, which issued the certifications.

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May 20, 2014

VIDEO: PG&E Using New Tool to Check Outside of Pipelines for Dents, Corrosion

PG&E is working with a new, cutting-edge technology that will look for corrosion or dents on the outside of gas pipelines. As this video story shows, the 3D Toolbox is as easy to use as a digital camera.

May 14, 2014

PG&E Upgrading Gas Pipes in Davis, Improving Safety and Reliability

PG&E expects to complete work on a natural gas pipeline replacement project in June, modernizing the system and increasing service reliability in Davis.

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May 2, 2014

VIDEO: Innovative Gas Leak Detection Technology Combined with Super Crews Result in Improved Safety, Efficiency

A PG&E pilot project capitalizes on an innovative leak-detection tool and mobilizes large numbers of PG&E gas workers concentrating on repairs in a specific area. As this video shows, the pilot project has been a success.

April 25, 2014

Chico: PG&E Installing New Gas Pipeline to Improve Service Capacity, Reliability

PG&E will begin work next week to install a new natural gas line along The Esplanade between Independence Circle and West Shasta Avenue in Chico. Work will continue through mid-June.

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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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