SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The California Public Utilities Commission is putting pressure on San Francisco to allow Pacific Gas & Electric Co. crews to replace miles of cast iron pipes that they said are aging and dangerous.
In a letter, CPUC attorney Frank Lindh said that San Francisco faces a clear and present danger from the aging pipes.READ MORE: 'Highway Slingshot Shooter' Fires Ball Bearings at Windows Along San Jose's Guadalupe Freeway
“They’re brittle and they rupture rather easily,” Lindh said. “They’re really not state of the art.”
Lindh has sent a letter to San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera urging him to tell the city’s Department of Public Works to allow the utility to remove the pipes.
KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:
The utility has replaced nearly 800 miles of cast iron pipes across California since 1985, including many miles in San Francisco.READ MORE: 3 East Bay School Districts Go All-In on Student Vaccine Mandates
PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said the utility is anxious to replace the final 43 miles of old pipes that remain.
“We have a close working relationship with the city and in fact, we actually have a committee that meets with all of the utilities and DPW to try to plan these projects out,” said Molica.
However, Herrera said he is taking a leading role in pressuring both PG&E and state regulators to address pipeline safety.
He also said he would appreciate details of any specific instances where the Department of Public Works prevented PG&E from doing the replacement work.MORE NEWS: State-of-the-Art Water Purification Plant Helps Silicon Valley Battle Drought
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