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Part of PG&E gas main in Palo Alto is salvaged pipe

Original post made on Nov 5, 2011

A gas-transmission line that runs through Palo Alto and Stanford University contains reused, salvaged pipe dating to 1947, according to PG&E documents.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, November 5, 2011, 11:00 AM

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Posted by midtown
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 5, 2011 at 11:27 am

Nice reporting. Thank you.


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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 5, 2011 at 11:44 am

Good job with this article!

Does anyone know when PG&E will finish work on Alma Street (between Colorado and El Dorado)? They began working a couple of months ago and it doesn't look like they will finish anytime soon.

It is extraordinarily loud and the workers have blocked driveways, part of the road and have almost caused several accidents.

Of course, I want them to get it right (and safely enough to relieve fears about the neighborhood blowing up ala San Bruno). However, they have released enormous amounts of natural gas that seeped into our open windows and nearly gagged us.

It would be nice if they could let us know when they will release some gas like that.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Get it done right, no matter how long it takes or how much it costs. We really do not want our neighborhood to blow up. And keep good records this time.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm

While people are focused on PG&E's management of gas pipe by the PUC, we all need to keep in mind that the PUC does not have any similar authority in Palo Alto. We are depended on the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as the only oversight agency that has shown any interest in Palo Alto's gas line safety in the past.

Presumably the City Auditor has the authority to review the gas line safety, but there is no expertise in this group to do much more than audit sales tax receipts.

So .. while folks are looking at PG&E about their management, they should be asking: "Who is looking at the Palo Alto Utility?"


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Posted by not a PeeGeenE fan
a resident of another community
on Nov 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I wouldn't be too sure the PUC is the be all and end all. We had problems with PG&E trying to retroactively charge us for old accounts that were closed in writing, and for which PG&E actually owed us money (but had avoided paying because of their bankruptcy). PG&E admitted their need to change the record came from a SOX audit. We kept writing and telling them that wasn't right and complained to the PUC, which basically took PG&E's word for what they were doing and did nothing at all.

Interesting that in our situation, too, they claimed not to have the records, but demanded payment for money no one owed them unless we gave them OUR paperwork.


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