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Very Loud Noise near Page Mill and railroad tracks

Original post made by Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 8, 2011

Anyone have an explanation for the very loud sustained noise?

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Posted by piggy
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Was the noise coming from the train tracks or the PG&E gas pipeline?

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Posted by RobertN
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 8, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I think it was coming from the yard between Park and
the train tracks near Page Mill. Is that PG&E?? It sounded
like escaping air. Maybe part of the pipeline repair/test

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Heard that several people called PAPD and the PD reported that it was PG&E working on the gas line near Park and Page Mill. FYI, the SJMercury is reporting that the leak in Palo Alto was finally located: Web Link

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Posted by Lina Arseneault
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Palo Alto loud noise is helium gas being released from gas lines by PG&E. They found the hole they were looking for so now we're all safe. via my neighbor @dbenatar on Twitter

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Posted by piggy
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm

The city sent this message via CANS:

Subject: PAF- PGE Venting

This is a message from the Palo Alto Utilities Department. PG&E natural gas pipe testing activity is the reason for the loud noises you may have been hearing since roughly 6:30 tonight. The noise is caused by PG&E venting non-volatile gas out of its pipeline. There is no danger to the public from the release of this non-volatile gas. The venting should be complete by 10:30 pm. The loud noises should dissipate earlier, roughly by 9:00 pm. Once the venting is completed, PG&E will repair a leak detected in its gas pipeline. PG&E will work through the night to make the pipeline repair and will pressure test the pipe with water following the repairs. Traffic controls on Page Mill will remain in place during this work.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Non-volatile gas? Must have meant non-flammable gas. Sigh...

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