22 Leaks On Pipelines On Misplaced PG&E Maps; 1 Critical In Pittsburg

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – Pacific Gas and Electric Co. officials are acknowledging that the utility failed to inspect about 14 miles of gas distribution pipelines in Contra Costa County because several maps had been misplaced.

PG&E spokesman David Eisenhauer said Friday that after the missing maps were reported by an employee earlier this month, inspections of the pipelines revealed 22 leaks, including one so-called “Grade 1″ leak in Pittsburg.

The utility says that leak, considered to be hazardous, was repaired Friday.

The 21 other leaks were not considered to be hazardous.

PG&E said the distribution lines, smaller lines that provide gas service directly to homes and businesses, were installed between 1992 and 2008.

The utility notified the California Public Utilities Commission of what it termed an “oversight” over the misplaced maps in a filing Friday.

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