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.

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.

August 6, 2014

PG&E Will Replace Cast Iron Pipe in 2014; Action Reduces Leak Backlog, Cuts Emissions

By the end of 2014, PG&E will have replaced all 2,243 miles of its cast iron and steel gas distribution pipe — which can be prone to leaks — with new, modern materials. This announcement makes PG&E one of the first utilities of comparable size and age to complete such an action.

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August 6, 2014

PG&E’s Gas Transmission Modernization Plans Promise Boost to State’s Economy

PG&E’s gas transmission infrastructure plans over the next three years would support thousands of jobs, tens of millions of dollars in state and local tax revenue, and hundreds of millions of dollars in business sales if approved by state regulators, according to a new study.

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July 29, 2014

PG&E Gas Executive Meets with Industry Leaders, Federal Energy Officials and Obama Administration

Nick Stavropoulos discusses PG&E’s plans to reduce methane emissions, curb climate change and the importance of building a skilled work force.

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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.

"PG&E" refers to Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation.
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