Keeping Safety on the Map

PG&E's top priority is the safety of the public and our employees. We are taking steps every day to strengthen our natural gas transmission pipeline system and become an industry leader in pipeline safety excellence.

As part of this commitment to safety, PG&E is checking the area above our 6,750-mile natural gas transmission pipeline system and working cooperatively with property owners to ensure the area is easily accessible. This work will allow us to more safely maintain, inspect and operate the system. It's one of our many ongoing pipeline safety programs taking place across our service area.

Comprehensive Pipeline Survey

In 2013, PG&E conducted a comprehensive survey of our natural gas transmission pipeline system using high-precision Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping technology. A more precise pipeline map allows us to better serve our customers, enhance our ongoing pipeline safety programs and work more efficiently with first responders.

Improving Access to Our Pipelines

It is common for our natural gas transmission pipelines to travel underground. Maintaining the area above the pipeline and ensuring ready access is a key part of our ability to safely operate the system.

We are checking the area above our pipeline, also known as the right-of-way, for items like sheds, patios, and trees.  If structures are built or trees grow in the right-of-way, they can interfere with our ability to maintain, inspect and safely operate the system.

As part of this program currently underway, when we find items in the area above the pipeline, we work cooperatively with the property owner to discuss necessary removals and address the items in a manner that it reasonable and respectful.

Most private properties do not have an underground natural gas transmission pipeline on their property. You can get more information about where our pipeline network runs by clicking here for a searchable pipeline map.

A Shared Responsibility

Like most utilities and municipalities that operate critical underground infrastructure, PG&E depends on accessible rights-of-way free of structures and certain vegetation. Pipeline rights-of-way are documented in written agreements with property owners called easements.

Easement agreements create a shared responsibility between PG&E and property owners to maintain the area above the pipeline. To find out if you have an easement agreement with PG&E, check the title report for your property and look for terms like "PG&E utilities," "easements," "rights-of-way," "land use restrictions," or other language that mentions land use do's and don'ts.

For help locating a copy of your easement agreement, you can also call PG&E's Land Management Department at 1-877-259-8314.

Working Cooperatively

We value our relationship with our customers, property owners, cities, residents and businesses. As part of our regular inspections going forward, we’ll be sharing information with property owners, providing ongoing education and partnering with communities to help build awareness around safe uses near critical infrastructure. Together we can keep the area above our pipelines safe and accessible.

Marking for Safety

Marking for Safety Pipeline markers indicate the location of the underground pipe and are an important reminder to property owners, the community and our employees to use extra care around gas transmission pipelines. PG&E is in the process of replacing damaged or aging gas pipeline markers, and in some cases, placing new markers above the pipeline.
 

Terms you should know

  • Right-of-way: A right-of-way designates an area of land above the pipeline that PG&E may use to maintain, inspect and safely operate the pipeline. Pipeline rights-of-way are documented in written agreements with property owners called "easements."

    Easement: Easement agreements, which are recorded documents, create the shared responsibility between PG&E and property owners to maintain the area above the pipeline.

Learn More

  • If you have questions or want more information about our efforts to maintain ready access to the pipeline, please call us at 1-877-259-8314.

     
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