San Carlos Makes PG&E’s “Top 100” List of High-Risk Gas Pipelines.
September 21, 2010
As promised, PG&E today release the “Top 100” list of natural gas transition pipelines that they deem to be at the highest risk, whether it's due to proximity of construction areas, possible corrosion or wear, or because of the possibility of earth movement. According to the report, the transmission line that runs through San Carlos made this list, although there was not a specific condition that was identified for its inclusion.
The area of pipeline in question is a 105 foot segment in the vicinity of Brittan Avenue and El Camino Real. According to the report, here is a very vague description of why it made the list:
“PG&E is conducting an engineering review of the design materials of 105 feet of pipe near Brittan Ave and El Camino Real in San Carlos. Based on this review, PG&E will determine whether any repair or replacement action is warranted.”
Hmmm. Sounds pretty vague.
What Kind of Pipeline is in San Carlos?
As far as the type and nature of the pipeline that runs parallel to Brittan Avenue in San Carlos, one of the residents of White Oaks contacted PG&E today, and this is what they were told:
It is a “standard” 20″ pipeline (the San Bruno line was a 30″ line). This is a distribution line. These range from 12″ to 20″ and is what our home services tap off of. The San Bruno line was a transmission line, hence much larger and under more pressure. The one near us was built in 2 sections in 1947 and 1955.
The conference that was scheduled to take place between PG&E and Mayor Randy Royce was delayed until tomorrow to enable PG&E to compile the list and release it to the public today. Perhaps after tomorrow's meeting more details will be forthcoming. If you're interested in seeing the top 100 list, click here.
The meeting between PG&E and San Carlos officials has now taken place. Here is a good recap of the meeting from ABC 7 News: