The Topock Compressor Station plays an important role in supplying natural gas to our service areas in Central and Northern California. The station is located in eastern San Bernardino County, about 15 miles southeast of Needles, and began operation in 1951. Topock and other, similar stations are needed to safely pressurize and push natural gas through several hundred miles of pipeline on its way to homes, businesses and other gas customers.
We’re committed to safety, reliability and environmental stewardship at the Topock Compressor Station. That commitment includes the investigation and cleanup of groundwater and soil near the station. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) oversee our efforts. We also work closely with several nearby communities and Native American Tribes. Tribal representatives play a vital role in monitoring our project activities.
Extensive environmental studies have been conducted or are in progress at the Topock Compressor Station and surrounding area. These studies guide cleanup and stewardship activities and ensure compliance with all operating permits and regulatory requirements. For example:
The DTSC Topock Project website provides more details about the cleanup, including photos, schedules, and a document repository. Visit PG&E Topock Compressor Station Environmental Investigation and Cleanup Activities.