Taking responsibility for our environmental practices
Upholding our commitment to communities
The PG&E environmental pledge includes carefully evaluating sites in service areas that our past utility operations may have affected. Evaluation includes:
- Using sound scientific and management practices.
- Engaging local and cultural communities in the process.
- Sharing project details with the community.
- Responding quickly to community questions and concerns.
Addressing historic gas plant sites
Before natural gas was available, utility plants across the nation converted coal and oil into gas. View the list of plants. Visit Manufactured Gas Plants.
Although many former manufactured gas plants (MGPs) closed a century ago, some still contain process residue. Today, PG&E is taking action to address these sites.
Protecting our vital resources
Working in cooperation with regulatory agencies and interested stakeholders, PG&E continues to clean up chromium-6 in groundwater resulting from historical operations at the Hinkley and Topock Compressor Stations. For an overview, visit Compressor Stations.
Learn about cleanup operations at our natural gas compressor stations:
Transforming former utility facilities
In San Francisco, work is progressing on the former PG&E Hunters Point Site. Visit PG&E Hunters Point Site.
We’re exploring future and temporary uses for Hunters Point through the NOW Hunters Point Program, which began in 2013. Visit NOW Hunters Point Program.
In Lake County, local science students use a former geothermal waste facility as an outdoor classroom following its conversion into wetlands.
Restoring former treatment sites
Learn about the cleanup and restoration of Shell Pond, a former wastewater treatmment site in Bay Point, California. Visit Shell Pond clean up & wetland restoration.
Guiding sustainable remediation
We provide a manual to help our employees and contractors apply sustainable practices and principles on remediation projects. The manual reflects our alliance with the California Environmental Protection Agency Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) and industry experts on sustainable remediation. It emphasizes sustainable best management practices. It also shows benefits across the environment, society and economy.
Application of the principles since 2010 resulted in reductions of greenhouse gas emissions and offsite solid and liquid waste disposal. These reductions occurred during remediation activities, which also satisfy stakeholders and boost local economies.
PG&E conducts formal sustainable practice training for project managers. We also extend training to consulting and regulatory communities.