Not satisfied with reassurances from Pacific Gas and Electric, San Carlos has hired its own lawyers and technical experts to do an independent assessment of the natural gas pipeline state regulators ordered shut down this week.
The California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday ordered PG&E to keep a disputed natural gas pipeline in San Carlos out of service until its safety is verified by the commission’s staff.
PG&E crews in San Carlos should finish de-pressurizing a 20-inch, underground gas line considered to be at risk by Monday night.
Residents of a Menlo Park neighborhood were ordered to shelter in place after a gas line was struck and ruptured Monday morning, a Menlo Park fire division chief said.
Workers have capped a gas leak in San Bruno that shut down commuter train service in two directions.
A landmark bill regulating hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is expected to win final approval in the state Senate on Thursday. Governor Jerry Brown says he will sign it into law, but the state’s major environmental groups no longer support the bill.
Oil and gas drillers that use a technique known as fracking would face new rules in California under legislation headed to the governor’s desk.
An evacuation order was lifted and roads mostly reopened Wednesday afternoon after a gas line that was accidentally ruptured by a construction crew Wednesday morning in Alamo was capped.
Deregulation of the energy industry allows California consumers a chance to shop around for gas and electricity providers. But consumers should watch out for pressure tactics to switch.
The utility responsible for a deadly pipeline explosion in San Bruno said Friday that the record $2.25 billion in fines being sought by state regulators is illegally excessive, but did not offer a specific dollar figure it considers reasonable.