PG&E Statement Responding to the CPUC Inspection Order
Release Date: September 12, 2010
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930
San Francisco – PG&E issued the following statement on the press release issued by the California Public Utilities Commission today regarding inspection of PG&E's natural gas system:
We will comply fully with any actions directed by the CPUC.
PG&E routinely conducts leak surveys of all our natural gas transmission and distribution lines. In 2008, we accelerated the distribution program to complete it in three years instead of the usual maximum of five. The surveys, which are designed to confirm the integrity of our 6,438 miles of transmission and 42,142 miles of distribution lines, are scheduled to be completed in December.
In 2009 alone, we completed 1.9 million on-location service line inspections as part of the company's initiative to survey our entire gas distribution network on an accelerated basis.
In addition, two days after the incident in San Bruno, we began surveying the three transmission lines that feed the San Francisco Peninsula. As an added safety measure, we have also reduced pressure by 10 percent on these three lines.
Over the last several years, PG&E has spent well over $100 million to improve its gas system, which is in addition to money regularly invested in the system.
In all our operations, safety is our top priority.